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as i cant find anything saying this isnt allowable ill go ahead and try it.
im offering a $20 money order to anyone who can help me set up a network using a windows and 2 linux machines. (win98 and mandrake 9.0).
to start, all the hardware is working. last night i was able to transfer files from linux1 and linux3 to linux 2. i then tried to tweak the system to be able to access the windows machine and no longer can do anything.
after all these months i can see that if i have to go it alone ill never succeed.
i would prefer to work with someone that has mandrake 9.0 up and running on a network.
payment would be after a successful setup. i have about 35+ heatware references that i will give by email if anyone would worry about payment. if it would require any phone calls it would be on my dollar.
yes its usd. im willing to send the money anywhere thats necessary. at this point it might not matter as i havent had any inquiries as of yet.
this is a test setup to learn linux. ive been asked by a small business to set up a small internet sharing, firewall box to isolate them somewhat from viruses. they have a linux-qnx server and 4 win boxes. money is tight and i and my son do their tech stuff for free.
in the past year they have had a couple of viruses that involved reinstalling all 4 windows programs. i have installed a removable hd rack in one of the boxes and back up 10g of info on my personal backup system. the big problem is if they shut down it can be difficult to log into the server so they leave everything going 22/7.
if i can get a small network up and running i can build from that.
i can connect to the internet with linux through my home ics machine. i also can see linux boxes from win. my problem is prob samba and my inability to mount things. i also have another thread asking for help on my own.
another dumb question. what is the name of my linux computer?
i am root, pete7, and i used test.mandrakesoft.com when i set up the network. i get all these directions to enter the <name-of-your-computer> and im not even sure of what it is.
also i can access some but not all windows machines and files (can see pete2/c/adapetc but not pete2/d/via) using konqueror so my hardware seems ok.
*sigh* You're not learning Linux by sending people 20 dollar money orders for solving your problems. Please don't falsely label this as learning, it's insulting to those that have the initiative and determination to learning a new Operating System.
Samba is definitly what you want and it is kind of a pain to set up, but possible. There is a graphical configurator that works through your browser called SWAT.
Believe me, if you think that spending 20$ on this one problem will be the last twenty you spend, you are kidding yourself. You just have to spend some time reading the documentation which is admittedly rather poor. There is probably some information actually in your Mandrake installation that explains Samba and try this site:
IMO, there is a ton of good documentation out there...you just need to have the effort to find it. True, there is no: "start-> help", where the answer is always to reboot, but a google search can't be that hard, eh?
ok thanks for the responses (even the ones that disagree with my methods)
i have hundreds and hundreds of hours and a year and a half trying to get this done. i get so frustrated i would like to take the distros out on the pavement and beat them to pieces. that would be defeat. i will win my battle.
you may laugh but im still stuck on what to put in the boxes for localhost.localdomain. and dns upon the initial setup after a fresh install. this may be a no brainer for some people but not me.
i read about name resolvers. dns servers, i try to add users to smb-pass file and there is nothing in it and any command i try to access it with ( keystroke by keystroke from these forums) commands and get errors.
the samba file came with the install of mandrake 9.0. and some very good links jamrock. thanks
as to insulting those that have determination what would you have me do after 300 hrs or so and no progress. quit. i have plenty of determination but am missing something somewhere.
a few months ago i drove 60 miles to help a co worker with a dell computer. tech support couldnt help. when i got tech support on the phone it became evident that when they told him to hit alt cont del he did. they didnt tell him to hold all three.
well ill reinstall again and start from scratch. hopefully with the links ill be able to make some progress. also in anyone has a specific distro that they would recomend i try im willing to download and try it.
Distribution: Slackware, (Non-Linux: Solaris 7,8,9; OSX; BeOS)
I've read this thread a couple of times, and I really am not sure
what you want to do.
Regardless of what you want to do, you need to understand the
basics of networking first. Slackware includes a bunch of
documentation in its full install. There are two documents in
particular that I suggest you read (you can google for the
filenames if you don't want to install Slack),
Net-HOWTO and Networking-Overview-HOWTO. These
documents will give you a brief introduction to networking, and
from your posts, I think you need it. These are a little dated, but
are good for general ideas of how networks work -- make sure
you follow links!
Anyway, once you understand how computer networks work,
you can get to the task of setting up your network. First, you
need to decide what, exactly, you want to do.
If you just want to network a few linux boxes together, that is
relatively easy, and you should be able to do it after you've
read the documents above. If not, come to us with specific
If you want to network a few linux boxes and some windows
boxes, that gets more difficult, and you will need Samba. Look
There have already been some good posts on how to start on
that and once you get started, people will be able to answer
questions that you have. However, nobody wants to do it for
you. We are all quite willing to help, but many of us are doing
this in our spare time and we all have our own computer work to
(none of this is intended as an insult, just as my opinion of your
current understanding of networking, in general, based on your
Let us just set up a test network so that you can get familiar with Linux. Nothing fancy. Just a simple install and basic networking. Moses suggests that you start with basic networking and I agee with this.
When we get the basics in place we can worry about DHCP, DNS and the other fancy stuff.
I can help you with Redhat. That is the only distro I have used.
Just do a full network install and let us know when that has been done.