Originally Posted by Doug G
If you're in a completely trusted network environment, you can set up a samba share to /etc using force user = root. If you use selinux it will object, and you'll have to make appropriate selinux changes too. Then make sure you use a windows text editor on conf files that understands and maintains linux line breaks (not notepad).
If you just want to use a windows text editor on your conf files, you can use winSCP, which connects over ssh. winscp allows you to configure which windows text editors to use when editing files.
Thank you Doug. Now this is some truly pertinent advice! I guess that Setting the "hosts allow" directive in the Samba share may provide additional peace of mind, right? I will check out WinSCP as well though. Cheers and happy new year.