User access management for Samba file servers and NAS devices is one of many identity management challenges facing modern IT organizations. The popularity of these network-attached storage devices has grown significantly in recent years. And, considering they can store an organization’s critical files and data, IT needs the ability to manage user access to these storage solutions effectively.
What are Samba File Servers and NAS Appliances?
According to samba.org, Samba is an open-source derivative of the SMB/CIFS protocol. Introduced in 1992, Samba was originally designed to effectively enable a Microsoft® Windows® system to communicate and share information with a Linux®-based Samba file server. NAS devices that leverage Samba generally serve as cost-effective alternatives for file sharing and print services. They are quite popular, and there are a variety of NAS vendors to choose from, such as Synology®, QNAP®, and FreeNAS™ – all of which have created Samba-based storage solutions.
How Do Most Organizations Manage Storage Solutions?
As an on-prem storage solution, IT organizations have historically integrated Samba-based, network-attached storage devices with their on-prem identity management infrastructure. This enabled IT admins to administer user access to Samba file servers and NAS appliances with a core identity provider (IdP), usually Microsoft Active Directory® (AD). While this approach worked well, the trouble with leveraging AD as a core identity provider is that organizations are often locked into on-prem, Windows-centric IT environments, and modern networks just don’t work like that anymore. With Mac® and Linux® systems, web and on-prem applications leveraging SAML and LDAP, Samba file servers and NAS appliances, cloud infrastructure at AWS® and GCP™, and more, modern networks have never been more complex and diverse. AD struggles to manage all of these popular IT resources without the help of third-party add-ons. So, while integrating Samba file servers and NAS appliances into Active Directory environments is possible, the overall identity management infrastructure is limited with this approach.
A New Approach to Identity Management
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/user-access-management-samba-nas/