5.0 Configuring Samba for LVM Volume Groups and Novell Cluster Services

This section describes how to configure Samba on Novell Open Enterprise Server 11 SP2 with Novell Cluster Services (NCS). Configuring Samba to work in a cluster ensures that the SMB/CIFS file services remain available if there is an unexpected server shutdown. Authentication for Samba users requires that they be NetIQ eDirectory users that are enabled with Linux User Management (LUM).

Although you can use Samba on shared Novell Storage Services (NSS) volumes and shared NCP volumes, the procedure in this section describes how to cluster-enable Linux POSIX volumes on a shared disk for use with Samba. This represents a typical configuration for a pure Samba/CIFS environment where the workstations accessing the shared data are not running the Novell Client software.

If you use both Linux volumes and NSS volumes on the same cluster and you want a pure Samba/CIFS environment where the workstations accessing the shared data are not running the Novell Client software, you can modify a pool cluster resource script to use Novell Samba. For information, see Section 6.0, Configuring Samba for NSS Pools and Novell Cluster Services.

IMPORTANT:If you use only NSS volumes for data in your cluster, consider using Novell CIFS instead of Novell Samba. With Novell CIFS, users are not required to be LUM enabled. For information about configuring Novell CIFS in a cluster and enabling CIFS as an advertising protocol for pool cluster resources, see Configuring CIFS with Novell Cluster Services for an NSS File System in the OES 11 SP2: Novell CIFS for Linux Administration Guide.