Samba & Windows integration

Samba & Windows integration

Samba is the glue that binds Linux servers and windows desktops together

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 Samba is an open source authentication and user management and interoperability suite for Linux and Unix servers that integrates with Microsoft Active Directory environments.

When do you need Samba Support?

If your organisation or business has over one hundred staff it’s likely you’ll need secure permissions of access across your network. That’s when the Catalyst Samba Team can help.

We can adapt and tailor Samba development to solve access and identity verification for your organisation or business. Samba comes with no lock-in and can integrate with public and private cloud services.

Samba as an Active Directory Domain Controller

The Catalyst Samba Team of five experts provides industry-leading support and development services with a special focus on the Samba Active Directory Domain Controller. We use Samba to integrate our solutions with enterprise networks built on Microsoft's Windows to enable seamless interoperability.

Since 2001, members of the Catalyst Samba Team have been actively involved in the Samba development community and Samba commercial support. The Catalyst Samba Team provides services across the full breadth of Samba's capabilities.

Samba Consulting

  • We provide advice on how best to integrate Samba and Samba-based devices into Active Directory Domains.  

  • We support Samba appliance vendors, including NAS vendors, with 3rd level support expertise to back-stop customer support responsibilities, including both file server and authentication features.

  • We advise Samba vendors on bug-fixes and features as they are developed upstream, and back-porting as required.

Samba Development

  • We custom develop new Samba performance features, such as the integration of new products, and the extension of Samba's core functionality.

  • We implement Samba4's Active Directory Domain Controller on new platforms and devices.

Samba Deployment and Support

  • We support organisations directly implementing the "Samba4" Active Directory Domain Controller.

  • We guide upgrades from Samba 3.x domains to the Samba Active Directory Domain Controller of Samba 4.x, including consultation on upgrades from the OpenLDAP backend of Samba's 'classic' DC architecture.

  • Our ongoing support services are backed by a Service Level Agreement (SLA).

Meet the Catalyst Samba Team


Andrew Bartlett leads the Catalyst Samba Team. He’s worked on the Samba since 2001 and is an expert in Samba's authentication and authorization protocols. Andrew has built and maintained Samba’s authentication code and is a lead developer on the Samba Active Directory domain controller effort.

Douglas Bagnall has been a Samba developer since 2015 and is also a member of the upstream Samba Team. Douglas is the author of a number of Samba's administrative visualisation tools and is an expert in making systems software understandable by people.

Tim Beale is a senior developer and a Samba Team member and is most noted for his work on Samba's backup and restore tools and in improving Samba's replication protocols to operate well at the 300,000 user scale. Tim also developed the Fine Grained Password Policy feature in Samba.

Gary Lockyer joined the Samba project in 2017. Gary is the primary author of Samba's authentication and authorization JSON-formatted audit framework.

Aaron Haslett has been a Samba developer since 2018 and is recognised for his work improving Samba's low-level database efficiency by the means of a new 'pack' format.

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