Re: Call for Interest: Managed SMB Protocol Support

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Hi John,

On 3/21/24 20:12, John Mulligan wrote:
I'd like to formally let the wider community know of some work I've been
involved with for a while now: adding Managed SMB Protocol Support to Ceph.
SMB being the well known network file protocol native to Windows systems and
supported by MacOS (and Linux). The other key word "managed" meaning
integrating with Ceph management tooling - in this particular case cephadm for
orchestration and eventually a new MGR module for managing SMB shares.

The effort is still in it's very early stages. We have a PR adding initial
support for Samba Containers to cephadm [1] and a prototype for an smb MGR
module [2]. We plan on using container images based on the samba-container
project [3] - a team I am already part of. What we're aiming for is a feature
set similar to the current NFS integration in Ceph, but with a focus on
bridging non-Linux/Unix clients to CephFS using a protocol built into those

A few major features we have planned include:
* Standalone servers (internally defined users/groups)
* Active Directory Domain Member Servers
* Clustered Samba support
* Exporting Samba stats via Prometheus metrics
* A `ceph` cli workflow loosely based on the nfs mgr module

I wanted to share this information in case there's wider community interest in
this effort.

certainly! :)

If it makes sense, you may want to pull in samba-technical where it makes sense. If there's a need, you can also pull me in directly into meetings or other channels to discuss things.

Looking forward to seeing you at SambaXP, at least virtually. Any plans to attend SDC from you or others from your team?


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