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Network Windows W/ Linux?

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Alright, Ive got a Windows (XP) and Linux (Mandriva) boxes hooked to the same router. I need them to talk to each other so I can share files and printers. But so far they are at a stand off. I think the Windows machine called the penguin fat and ugly and it went down hill from there. :blush:

Anyway... I searched google and couldnt find a "For Idiots" guide that I completly understood :rolleyes: Im new to Linux, onyl tinkered around with it before.

Now, I understand I need Samba? So, I installed Samba... and.... dont know where it went. Unlike Windows there is no nice little shortcut on my desktop, so Im lost.

Can someone give me a hint of where to go from here to get these computers network together?



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for SAMBA you have to configure your SMB.conf file to create shares,

this site gives basics

tools needed

a text editor

root password.

this may help

For this example, we'll say you are using /home/shares.

As root:

mkdir -m 751 /home/shares

mkdir -m 2770 /home/shares/accounting

chgrp accounting /home/shares/accounting

And now add your share to /etc/samba/smb.conf:


comment = for the accouting group

path = /home/shares/accouting

browseable = yes

guest ok = yes

valid users = @accounting

writeable = yes

write list = @accounting

create mask = 771

directory mask = 770

map hidden = yes

map archive = yes

map system = yes

available = yes


* browseable = no tells Samba that this share will not be visable in the Network Neighborhood. Change this to yes if you want this share visible.

* map hidden = yes, map archive = yes, and map system = yes tell Samba to respectively honor these Windows file attributes.

Now make the share available:

As root:

service smb reload

my suggestion is to read this over, and then see what questions you have. SAMBA can be tricky, and the GUI tool mostly are bad.

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I have a pretty simple smb.conf file. It may give you some ideas

server string = Samba Server %v
map to guest = Bad User
log file = /var/log/samba3/log.%m
max log size = 50
socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
dns proxy = No
hosts allow = 192.168.1.

path = /mnt/media/avi
writable = yes

path = /mnt/media/music
writeable = yes

path = /mnt/media/share
writable = yes

path = /mnt/media/brighteyed
writable = yes

Edited by shanenin

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