The IT storage landscape has changed a great deal in the last decade. It used to be that files were stored on-prem in Microsoft® Windows® File Servers for most small to medium sized organizations. Today, that is no longer the case. As a result, a challenge that has arisen is figuring out how to control access to modern file storage systems. In this blog, we’ll discuss the capability to manage Samba File Server authentication with a cloud directory, but let’s begin by describing how IT organizations have historically managed file storage.
Windows-Based File Storage
As previously noted, IT organizations have historically leveraged Windows File Servers to store their files somewhere on-prem. This approach was especially common around the turn of the century, at a time when most IT networks were on-prem and generally revolved around the Windows operating system. The dominance of Windows meant that IT admins could leverage a single directory services platform, called Microsoft Active Directory® (AD), to effectively manage their entire IT environment – including access to Windows File Servers. In other words, IT admins could leverage AD to provision access to Windows-based file shares bound to the on-prem network, and provisioned users could gain access to their files by entering their AD user credentials.
This system worked well for many years. However, things started to change when alternative on-prem storage solutions like Samba File Servers and NAS devices were introduced into the enterprise. Then came cloud storage alternatives like Dropbox® and Google Drive™. Solutions such as these were often far more cost effective because of the way that Windows Server is licensed – on a per user basis with CALs. As a result, many IT organizations now often prefer non-Windows alternatives for data storage.
There are many different modern options for file servers, both on-prem and in the cloud. Interestingly, however, there are also challenges for many IT organizations with a cloud delivered storage service, including bandwidth and compliance issues to name a couple. As a result, many IT admins end up settling on the open source Samba File Server (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/manage-samba-file-server-authentication-with-a-cloud-directory/