FreeOS.com: Doing the SambaOct 21, 2000, 13:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sarup)
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"Windows based machines use the SMB protocol to share files, printers and communicate. This is a proprietary protocol and Windows doesn't integrate as well with non-Windows networks using other protocols. It is possible to share files between PC's running Linux and Windows using FTP or HTTP but it isn't as transparent a process. Print services are also a problem. Samba is a terrific software that bridges the gap between Linux and Windows PC's on the network. File sharing and print services are a lot more transparent though it's a lot easier from the Windows end."
"Samba is available at www.samba.org or your local mirror. Most distributions already come with the Samba binaries on the cd so you should look there first. At the web-site you will find both the source and the binaries for download. Samba has also been ported to OS/2, Amiga and VMS so even if you are on a non-Unix system then you need not worry. The latest version as of writing this article is 2.0.7 though I have used version 2.0.6 here in this article. Download and install and then check out the example smb.conf files in the examples directory. If you downloaded the source code then it should be under a documentation directory."
"All the configuration of Samba is contained in the file smb.conf which can be found in /etc. The Samba configuration is divided into various sections or shares. Each section begins with a share name enclosed between square brackets ( [Public] or [Noname] ) and under each section are defined the options. Each option is followed by '=' after which the option parameters are given. The parameters may be 'yes','no', or some user-defined parameter. There are quite a few parameters and options in Samba but not all of them are required to get you started."