Samba 4.2 Brings Transparent File Compression & Clustering Support
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 4 March 2015 at 09:33 PM EST. Add A Comment
Samba 4.2.0 was just released for those in need of file and print service sharing with Windows via SMB/CIFS. The Samba 4.2 release brings with it several new features.

Samba 4.2 provides transparent file compression manipulation via the Btrfs Samba VFS module, snapshots are now exposed via the Snapper VFS module, Winbindd/Netlogon improvements, larger I/O sizes for SMB2/SMB3 by default, SMB2 leases support, TDB improvements, clustering support, messaging improvements, a VFW WORM (Write Once Read Many) module, and a lot of other changes.

Overall Samba 4.2 appears to be another very exciting feature update to this important and widely-used open-source project. More details on Samba 4.2 can be found via the release notes posted a short time ago to
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