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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on May 19, 2016

Kerberos for Samba server

The IBMi NetServer does not support versions of Windows newer than XP/2003 (, which means current PC's aren't supported to connect to the NetServer. We now have the option to run Samba, but Samba doesn't support Kerberos authentication. Companies that use IBM's Enterprise Identity Mapping (EIM) can't use Samba since EIM requires Kerberos.

Use Case:

If Samba supports Kerberos, current PC's would be supported for file/print sharing.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Oct 13, 2016

    Support for IBM i NetServer is not being withdrawn and the website is in the process of being updated to correctly reflect the currently supported clients.

    Since continuing to support IBM i NetServer fulfills the customers requirements, this request is being declined.

  • Guest
    May 24, 2016

    I would like to provide some updated information and need clarification before I can respond to this request.

    First of all, unfortunately, the IBM i NetServer website is not current because we have had problems getting it updated and we have been working to get it corrected. IBM i NetServer officially supports file and print sharing for the following clients which I expect you have. If you are having problems with file/print sharing from one of these clients, then you should open a PMR. Additionally, if your IBM i is at the latest release, 7.3, print sharing must be set up slightly differently on the PC which is documented in the Memo To Users for that release.

    Windows Vista ??? (extended support scheduled to end 4/2017)
    Windows 7
    Windows 8
    Windows 10
    Windows Server 2008
    Windows Server 2012
    Linux Samba at current release levels

    Next, there is a comment in the justification that if Samba server on IBM i supported Kerberos, you could use Samba server on IBM i for file/print sharing. Samba server on IBM i does not support print sharing at this time, so it seems that you wouldn't have all the support you needed.

    With the above support, will that provide your needs?

  • Guest
    May 20, 2016

    Creating a new RFE based on Community RFE #88734 in product IBM i.