There are at least two ways to connect a Winows computer to a Linux computer. The most common method is to run Samba on the Linux computers. Samba allows the sharing of files and printers between Windows computers, Unix computer, Linux computers and Macintosh OS-X computers. I uses the SMB protocol which Windows computers use. Notice the similarity between the name Samba and SMB. Samba also uses the TCP/IP protocols and the Windows NetBIOS protocol.
I have only used Samba on two occasions. In a class I took last Spring we each had to use Samba to connect a Windows 2000 computer to a Red Hat Linux 7.3 computer. We only spent a couple of days doing that so I do not feel very confident about trying to tell someone how to do that from memory. Samba comes on most Linux intallation CDs and is probably only installed by default. To see if you already have it installed you might try typing this on one of your Linux boxes:
Then type this:
If it will probably say that it is stopped. Leave it stopped for now, assuming it is even installed and is there. Next, create a directory by typing something like this:
Then go to /etc/samba and make a backup copy of the smb.conf file just in case you mess it up. Next, open the smb.conf file and look for something like what is below in the file somewhere:
; path = /usr/somewhere/else/public
; public = yes
; only guest = yes
; writable = yes
; printable = no
Delete the semi-colon in front of each line and then change the line that begins with 'path=' so that it reads: path = /shared
Now start the Samba server by typing what is shown below (if it was already running you might possibly need to stop it and then start it)
It should then in some way tell you that it has started. This will only temporarily start it for you and does not cause it to sart automatically for you each time.
Well I am out of time tonight and am not an expert at doing using Samba anyway. What I have described so far is not enough to cause anything to be shared or anything useful to happen. Perhaps you could look up the rest in a Linux book or a Samba book. I am not an expert at using Samba anyway.