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Samba swings both ways

Nov 14, 2012, 15:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sandra Henry-Stocker)

The most typical use of Samba is to make Unix home directories or shared files available on Windows. Being most comfortable on the command line, I generally do this by opening a Command Prompt and entering NET USE commands. The command NET USE O: \\boson\mapdata, for example, that I might use to make files available on a Windows laptop, is the same form of the command that I would use to map shares from other Windows systems. To see a list of what is mapped, I only need to type NET USE. When I want to map a drive, I can also add the username and password on the same line, ending up with a command such as NET USE O: \\boson\mapdata /USER:sbob look@that or I can let the system prompt me to enter this information.

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