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Linux.com: Sharing Files with Windows

Nov 14, 1999, 17:28 (0 Talkback[s])

"Part of the reason why Linux is so popular in small intranets today is because Linux is able to share files with windows clients in a windows network. For those who simply want a fast file server without having to pay hefty Windows licensing fees, Linux is a great solution. Linux masquerades as an NT File server, and as far your clients are concerned, they think that they are connecting to a windows server. Linux achieves its windows file sharing ability with a great piece of GNU software called Samba. Along with SWAT (Samba Web Administration Tool), Linux can scale well to even heavily used workgroups. A dual PIII-500, with plenty of RAM and a RAID subsystem can easily handle up to 20 full time users. SWAT, the integrated administration tool for Samba was included in the distribution of Samba after version 2.0. SWAT provides a web interface (http port 901) to configuring Samba shares. You can add printers, add shares, add users, and likewise remove printers, shares, and users from the system all through the Web. Another great feature is the ability to view the connected users through the SWAT administration kit and disconnect users through the web interface. SWAT allows many configuration options to be set. A good case can be given to show that Samba is even more configurable than NT's file sharing. Samba comes with smbd, which is the actual file-sharing daemon, while nmbd is the netbios name resolution daemon. All you need to know about nmbd is that it allows you to use the windows protocol across subnets."

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