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Hi! We are thinking of switching out our file server from MS Small Business to Linux. I am trying to figure out how I can connect windows stations to Linux server. All windows stations are Windows 2000. I have never worked with Linux before. I found out that there is small script I have to compose using Samba, but everything I read is very vague. Can someone guide me on how to do this properly? Thanks.
ASKED: April 19, 2005  3:24 PM
UPDATED: October 24, 2007  4:36 PM

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If all you’re looking for is a file server (no active directory or domain controller) then Linux with the Samba server will work just fine.

I don’t know about scripts per se, but if you get any one of the commercially available Linux distributions (distros for short), such as Red Hat, Debian, SUSE, etc. and do an install on a blank PC as a server, you’ll be offered the choice of installing a windows file server – which is samba.

You can also check out the docs at www.samba.org, or buy the Samba book from O’Reilly (although it’s cheaper at Amazon.com)

Good luck, and have fun climbing the learning curve…

Bob

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  • Bobkberg
    One other thing - which I should have asked first is: Why? I'm a windows user and a linux user, and I like both (although for different reasons) - but the key thing that should be addressed no matter what is - Why would you want to change? Is something broken? I'd suggest that anyone considering a major change to any part of their infrastructure carefully think this out ahead of time - especially if you're not already familiar with the ins and outs of the new "whatever". Otherwise, you may (as the Chinese curse says) "have an interesting life" Bob
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    Got to be careful about what buttons you hit - someone marked my initial reply as offensive/spam - don't know why, but I've inquired with the folks who run this server and hope to hear that it was just a mistake. Anyway - trying again.... :-) I don't know about samba scripts per se - samba is an independent implementation of the SMB protocol developed by Microsoft. Any of the commercial (and other) distributions of Linux (Red Hat, SUSE, Debian, etc.) can be configured to provide that service - usually as a "windows server". The primary caveat is that you not require Active Directory or Primary Domain Controller - but for simple file sharing usage, SAMBA works just fine. Bob
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  • Fpoeta
    There are numerous solution base on linux to accomplish this. Samba will act as a Primary domain controller and provise SMB (Developed by IBM and Microsoft) and CIFS (Microsoft). As for Active Directory Linux provides the ability to use LDAP to accomplish the same function. You could also go with Novell Linux Small Business Server which will also give you a Groupwise server that you can use your Outlook client against. You can also utilize Outlook against other Open Source Mail Solutions. Why change is a good question uselly answered by the performance gains that linux gives as well as the ability to retain hardware longer.
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  • Ramheka
    Hi there Samba is the only way to get linux to share files for your windows clients. the latest samba does support Kirbiros authentication and LDAP quieries. so you can integrate it into your AD if you have one Up to win2K3 the only thing is that you need to import the users accounts onto your linux box no worries about the passwords as they will kept on your DC. there is a Linux technology that uses this principle download censornet and try to replicate the same thing. it is an open source so good luck
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  • Z3k3atr0n
    There are also GUI's for Samba that could make your life a bit easier. http://www.samba.org/samba/GUI/
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