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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

SAMBA Technology

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Description: SAMBA is the standard Windows interoperability suite of programs for Linux and Unix. It is free software licensed under the GNU Not Unix (GNU) General Public License. This technology provides secure, stable, fast file and print services for all clients using the Server Message Block (SMB) or Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol, for all versions of Disk Operating System (DOS), Windows, OS/2, Linux, and MacOS. Samba provides the ability to seamlessly integrate Linux/Unix Servers and desktops into active directory environments. It can function both as a domain controller or as a regular domain member.

SAMBA consists of two key programs; SMB Daemon (SMBD) and NetBIOS Message Block Daemon (NMBD). Their job is to implement the four basic CIFS services, which are:
  • File & print services
  • Authentication and Authorization
  • Name resolution
  • Service announcement (browsing)

  • This technology provides releases in a release cycle series.
  • Months 1-6 is fully supported.
  • Months 7-12 is in the maintenance mode.
  • Months 13-18 is in the security fixes only mode.
  • In total, each series is maintained for a period of approximately 18 months after which it is considered at end of life (EOL) and not supported.
    Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
    Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at
    Decision: View Decisions

    Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
    Decision Process: One-VA TRM v22.12
    Decision Date: 12/05/2022 at 23:28:43 UTC
    Introduced By: TRM Request
    Vendor Name: Samba
    - The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (12/05/2022 at 23:28:43 UTC).