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Old 02-27-2004, 11:53 PM   #1
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How do I browse windows computers on the network?


Hi guys,

I'm back. My last attempt on my Dell laptop to install linux was a failure so I put together my old P3 rig to practise. I've got everything working fine but I have a basic question about networking.

How do I browse computers on the network, they are 3 windows based computers that I want to browse and share files. I also want to know if I can mount (connect) to a network share and have it as a drive, just like it's done in windows.

Any help is appreciated.

deWin.
 
Old 02-28-2004, 12:29 AM   #2
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Yes you can. You'll need and app called samba. You can get it from www.samba.org or I'm sure you can find you distro-specific package of it.

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Old 02-28-2004, 12:39 AM   #3
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You mean Samba Server under server settings?
 
Old 02-28-2004, 12:43 AM   #4
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if you have samba, RH9 comes with it if you use RH.
well, set some directories and set Samba users through the Samba Configuration

Also set server settings to an approperiate name to your Microsoft Network groups.
for ex. if your name of the network group is
"MSHOME" set it as mshome.

After you are done either restart the service or restart the linux.

one you do that, Windows based computers will able to detect the linux through the network.
Also sidenote that if you are doing this through a router, sometimes Windows would give you a msg saying that there is same name so you can't access it. Set your network for linux with a different name other than localhost.

Now you probably could mount drives in Windows.

Hope it helps

-Tom-
 
Old 02-28-2004, 01:02 AM   #5
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You mean Samba Server under server settings?
I assume you want to browse your windows computers from linux? In that case it's not the server but the client you're interested in. I don't know about the "server settings". That sounds distro specific and:
1. I don't know your distro.
2. Don't use many GUI apps anyway (with the very notable exception of swat).

My reference to swat up there is the Samba Webmin Administration Tool. It's made but the guys who make samba (and actually part of the samba suite) and I find it simplifies my life immeasurably.
 
Old 02-28-2004, 01:11 AM   #6
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It's the latest RH9 downloaded from there site, which distro would that be?
 
Old 02-28-2004, 03:30 AM   #7
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RH9. The distribution is the "brand name". So Red Hat, Mandrake, Debian, Slackware are all distributions. Or "distro" for short.

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Old 02-28-2004, 08:58 PM   #8
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If you are using RH distro's and installed Samba.

With its explorer like windows... i think its called nautilus. just type from the navigation bar :

smb://ip_address or computer_name

if you want to use the computer_name make sure that you specify the Hosts on your Network Device eth0 for example.
 
Old 03-01-2004, 04:49 PM   #9
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Yup! I can now see the windows shares. I've actually been a little step further but I'm stuck again.

I created network shares on my linux machine so I can see them from other windows based systems. I can sure see them but when I click on it, it's asking for user name and password and it won't take anything for an answer. What should I be doing this time that I'm not. I'm using the Samba server...

Another question, how to make it my print server. I don't have the printer installed yet and it's a Xerox DocuPrint P12 laser printer. Any help in this matter will also be appreciated.
 
Old 03-01-2004, 05:28 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by deWin


I created network shares on my linux machine so I can see them from other windows based systems. I can sure see them but when I click on it, it's asking for user name and password and it won't take anything for an answer. What should I be doing this time that I'm not. I'm using the Samba server...
Sounds like you may need to create the actual Samba user accounts -- which are separate from user accounts on the Linux machine. There are also tools which will synch all your Samba user accounts & passwords with the Linux machine's accounts & passwords.
 
Old 03-01-2004, 06:34 PM   #11
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I guess so but when I was trying to connect from one of my windows machines, and when I punched in the user name and password, it came back and prefixed FLEXI/user - where FLEXI is the computer name and /user is the username. So it seems like it's looking for the user name and password on the local machine. The password and user both were correct though, where-ever it auths it, it's correct and same.
 
Old 03-02-2004, 11:23 AM   #12
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I guess so but when I was trying to connect from one of my windows machines, and when I punched in the user name and password, it came back and prefixed FLEXI/user - where FLEXI is the computer name and /user is the username. So it seems like it's looking for the user name and password on the local machine. The password and user both were correct though, where-ever it auths it, it's correct and same.
That's a windows thing for some reason. On my own network if I give a name and password that is not accepted by the Samba server when it asks again Windows prefixes the username with the computername.

Yeah, it still sounds like you don't have Samba users setup. You're using RedHat, right? They have a Samba configuration tool. From it, I think it's Preferences > Samba Users. For your setup, create a user there with the same username that you're using on the Windows PC -- map this user to a Unix account that actually has access to whatever data you will be accessing from the Windows machine.

In fact, if you give the user there the same username and password that you're using on the Windows PC and it won't even ask you for a password, it will just go right in.
 
Old 03-02-2004, 12:01 PM   #13
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That's exactly what I did, or at least i think i did. Yes I'm on RH9. I think samba was also asking what looked like groups, I chose ADM from the drop down. I think i'll look into it furthermore after your very helpful post, you made it sound very simple so i'm gonna try it again when i get back home.

I also want to make it my print server, haven't attempted to configure my Xerox P12 laser printer on it yet, but if I can find out generally how to configure it as my print server and get the shared folders working as well, i'll install it on my linux machine and live happily ever after.
 
  


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