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Linux.com: Integrating Linux into Existing Networks

Apr 21, 2000, 13:10 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff White)

"I often find myself hearing that many organizations are trying to find a way to implement Linux into their existing networks. Samba provides a way to incorporate Linux to service their Windows workstations. Also, with the number of available IPV4 IP addresses dwindling, Linux can act as an excellent masquerading machine using one available address for numerous clients connecting to the Internet."

"Imagine yourself walking into an existing network saturated with Windows workstations being serviced by a sluggish NT server. Knowing what you know about Linux and NT, you decide that you would rather see these Windows workstations being serviced by a Linux server. It may seem overwhelming to integrate Linux into the Windows-based network, but it isn't as difficult as it appears."

"Although Linux has a great graphical desktop environment, it may still be impossible for you to integrate Linux as the desktop workstation and assimilate Windows as the primary workstation. Fortunately, in the server realm, Linux can accommodate the Windows-based workstation environment by using Samba."

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