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Old 07-10-2004, 07:39 PM   #1
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Easy solution for Local Network Browsing / Windows and SUSE 9.1

To connect to Windows shares forget using Linneighborhood or trying to configure SAMBA manually.
With SUSE 9.1 there's an internal Network Browser that will browse your network shares ( like Windows My Network Places ==> entire network etc).

It's built in to KONQUEROR ( file browser for KDE)..

You should get an ICON on the desktop -- Local Network.

If there isn't an Icon on your desktop don't worry you can get it simply.

1) Start Konqueror file browser by clicking on the HOME icon on the bottom panel.

2) Go to Window in the top menu and choose Show Navigation Panel ( Or Press F9)

3) Click the 6Th little icon down -- it's the one under the home icon and looks like a minature globe

4) You'll see another window open up. About the 3rd entry will be LOCAL Network.

5) Drag this to the desktop and chose COPY Here

6) now click this -- and you've got all your Windows Shares and other computers on the network -- Easy isn't it.

Saves mucking about with complicated SMB Mounts

Note -- Do the YOU (online update) as there have been a few fixes in SAMBA recently.

Have fun

The more I use this distro (SUSE 9.1) the more I'm liking it.

Old 07-11-2004, 03:49 AM   #2
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Okay, but how do you make your PC visbile to the WIndows ones?
Old 07-11-2004, 04:13 AM   #3
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On the Windows system you should be able to see your Linux box when you click the Microsoft Windows Network. You should at least see your Linux machine as Samba Server (then the name) .

You have to start the Samba Server on the Linux box. Start NMBD first then SMBD.

Now just set the Linux configuration to share what you need. There's plenty of sample config files in the SAMBA documentation.

Ensure you have installed SAMBA SERVER as well as SAMBA client since now if you want to access your files from Windows your Linux box is acting as the Server in this case.

Do the YOU (Yast Online Update) as there have been a load of fixes to Samba done recently.

Incidentally if you want read and write access to WINDOWS files from LINUX then that partition must be FAT32. You still AFAIK can't write to NTFS from Linux.

BTW I've also found it MUCH MUCH easier to set up printing on the Linux box and let Windows users print using the printer(s) on the Linux box. They just print everything as normal and use the printer as a Network Printer. Windows handles all the Print settings etc so on the Linux box it's just a bog standard Cups printer.

Trying to do it the otherway round is in my view much more difficult i.e printing on the Windows box from Linux.


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