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Use Samba With Windows 7 Clients

Nov 19, 2009, 12:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charlie Schluting)

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"Samba is not important just for those rogue sysadmins who try to avoid buying Windows Server products. Samba is used by storage appliance manufacturers and within a wide variety of other embedded devices. Samba interoperability is therefore important for both IT shops that run Linux servers, and businesses that sell Linux-based devices. Microsoft may not, contrary to popular belief, intentionally break Samba, but updates to the protocol and client default settings (due to complaints about security in the Windows world) often leave Samba unable to operate, which brings us to some good news:

"This time, with Windows 7, only half of Samba stops working.

"Accessing Samba shares from Windows 7 "just works." That is, assuming you're running a relatively recent version of Samba. Samba 3.3.2, which ships with Ubuntu Jaunty, works perfectly with Windows Vista and therefore Windows 7 (they are the same, really). In testing, we had no problem connecting to various different Samba servers and Windows XP-based shares."

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