to simply access a windows server, you don't need samba configured, you'd just use the samba client apps to access the server over SMB protocol. you just mount shared folders with
smbmount //server/share /mnt/something
mount -t smbfs //server/share /mnt/something
you might also want to try using linnieghborhood (check rpmfind.net) for the whole Network Neighborhood experience, but i reckon most linux users, like me, would recommend you didn't, and embraced consoles more.