The Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide
John H. Terpstra and Jelmer R. Vernooij
Andrew Tredgell, President of the Samba Team and the original author of Samba
I found this book to be very usefull while configuring a new server to use LDAP authentication. The content was accurate and applicable to what I was trying to configure.
Some experience necessary
Some experience with Linux/Unix is necessary to use this book effectively. However, starting with the Chapter: FAST START: CURE FOR IMPATIENCE a new samba adminstrator can get a running SAMBA server in short order.
Whether you are an experienced SAMBA administrator or just starting out, this book is a "must have" in your reference library. It covers nearly every topic you would want information for in configuring a SAMBA-3 server.
I found the book an easy read. Examples are clear and concise, starting with the simple, and moving to the complex. I use the book primarily as a reference. If I were new to SAMBA I probably would read all of the book's 687 pages. There is much information about the underlying operation of the protocols involved and an in-depth discusson of quirks and problems that the administrator might encounter. There are many references to URLs and other materials in the Additonal Reading sections of each chapter.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to run SAMBA-3, whether s/he is a hobbiest using it at home, or a System Administrator using SAMBA for file and print sharing in a business environment.