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Linux for Newbies: Home Networking, pt. 2: Samba

Jul 30, 2000, 14:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene Wilburn)

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"In last month's installment, we set up a basic home network with NICs, hub and cable, and assigned a private IP address range ( to our network. We then named our machines and added the host names and corresponding IP addresses to the hosts tables in Linux and Windows. We tested that everything worked using ping to check for connectivity and name resolution."

"This month we'll set up Linux as a server on our shared Linux/Windows network. We'll implement a solution called Samba, a versatile open-source product that allows us to integrate our Linux and Windows computers into a single, seamless network."

"Using Samba, Linux directories can appear in the Network Neighborhood window of all your Windows machines. Samba is based on SMB/CIFS (Server Message Block/Common Internet File System) protocol, a Microsoft networking protocol that goes back to the early Microsoft LAN Manager days and is still the foundation for Windows NT/2000 networking.'

"Samba allows Linux to provide file and print services, mapping Linux directories to Windows drive letters by creating "shares" for directories and printing devices. With Samba, Windows users can share a printer attached to a Linux box, and Linux users can share a printer on a Windows box."

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