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i have a local network im building up and am looking for better ways to connect it all, i currently have my main box which runs slack 10.1, a virtual win98 machine which runs on top of slack, an old Pentium 400 also with win98 which is set up as a jukebox, an ipaq pocketpc and soon to be a dedicated movie server which will run either xp or slack (depending on which has a good movie player that is easier to connect to and control from my ipaq). as of now im using ftp to transfer everything between the systems and vnc so i can control any box from any other, but is there a better way? im guessing samba is the way to go but i know nothing about it. what i would ideally like to do is have a dir on my slack box full of mp3s or movies which i can open directly from the win98 box and so on. i suppose i could always set up an icecast stream to do the same but still not quite the direction im shooting toward since it would mean keeping ftp or http servers set up to transfer other files between machines.
aside from getting everything hooked up to my router i know jack about actual networking. so any ideas or suggestions on some other ways to accomplish this?
I also have read on Linux forums that Samba is the way to go. I never got it working, but I see it is starting on boot with Samba in Slack 10. I used pkgtool to setup the smb process. You also need to have some ports open your firewall with iptables-that's all I know.
Really, the best way to go (IMO) for securitys sake is SSH. You can get OpenSSH for windows here: OpenSSH For Windows
OpenSSH for windows contains all the tools as the standard OpenSSH (sftp, scp, etc) and is by far the most secure route to go. And since it allows the use of all the other tools that come with OpenSSH, like scp, this route will probably offer you the most flexibility and options.
mythtv isnt really an option, tried it out before but not exactly what im looking for, the only box in this network is my main one, the one used as the jukebox runs win98 and i already have a jukebox style app i created for it.
samba does seem the way to go although it wont be able to work my ipaq into the scenario but thats not too much of a problem, it will basiicly only act as a remote control for everything once its set up anyway.
on a slightly different topic, the win98 box is running serv-u ftp, ive sent about 6gigs worth of music over to it from my slack box using gftp and alot of random songs which play fine on normally come out garbled once they get to the jukebox. ive tried multiple ftp servers on the jukebox so i'm assuming it might be getting corrupted as gftp is sending them. any ideas on if thats the cause or maybe some other problems it might be?