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LinuxPlanet: Linux Networking: Exploring Samba

Jul 10, 2000, 13:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by William Wong)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"Server Message Block (SMB), also known as Common Internet File System (CIFS), is one of the most common protocols for sharing files on a network. It is used with Microsoft Windows and, through Samba, a variety of other operating systems include Linux. Samba provides a way to share the contents of Linux directories with other computers and to access shared directories on a remote computer. The type of remote computer does not matter. It could be a computer running Sun Solaris or Windows NT."

"This article assumes that the Linux computer has a network adapter installed as described in the previous section and that the network adapter is assigned a unique IP address. Likewise, the Samba software is installed. With Red Hat and many other Linux distributions, this is done via an rpm package. This can be done when Linux is installed or afterwards. Installing Samba only loads the software and enables the Samba daemon. No sharing will occur until Samba is configured. This article addresses the configuration of Samba as well as issues related to the use of Samba, such as security."

"Samba also supports printer sharing. This uses the same SMB protocol as the file sharing support. Samba can be used to provide either or both services." Samba is an open source project like Apache. Most users will find Samba on their Linux distribution CD-ROM. The latest version of Samba can also be downloaded from the Samba Web site."

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