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Old 11-03-2020, 01:25 AM   #1
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How to connect two Linux machines and an old Windows laptop


Greetings,

I have a Debian server running, a desktop also running Debian(both use Trinity Desktop) and a laptop that runs Windows 2000 SP4, but I can't figure out how to connect them all with only a switch, as I'm new to this stuff (well with Linux, that is.) and having them all communicating to each other is needed for me
 
Old 11-03-2020, 06:04 AM   #2
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1 are these machines on a network, the SAME network? If so, how are they connected to the network?

Have they internet access?

If not, then we want to get that working first. (PS: at least the "on the same network" part.)
(You might read the information about intelligently posting questions here. Your question is terribly vague and provides very little information to give us a place to start.)

The snide first cut answer I thought of was "have you tried a wire?", but that would clearly not be helpful.

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Basically, you connect by using their IP address.
 
Old 11-03-2020, 06:32 AM   #4
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From the brief description I assume the computers are standalone, no internet and wired together with a simple network switch.

What debian version is running on the server and desktop?

What do you mean by communicate? Do want to share files?

Since we do not know how anything is currently configured will have to start with the basics. Assuming no DHCP server or automatic ip addressing you need to configure a static ip address on each computer. Something like 192.168.2.1,192.168.2.2,192.168.2.3 netmask 255.255.255.0.
 
Old 11-06-2020, 11:07 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Nojus.k View Post
Greetings,

I have a Debian server running, a desktop also running Debian(both use Trinity Desktop) and a laptop that runs Windows 2000 SP4, but I can't figure out how to connect them all with only a switch, as I'm new to this stuff (well with Linux, that is.) and having them all communicating to each other is needed for me
networking 101 - These basics apply no matter the OS (Microsoft, Apple's OSx, Linux, BSD, etc...) under the assumption of TCP/IP

1. Each computer must have a unique IP address
2. Each computer must be on the same subnet mask
3. Each computer must point to the same gateway

*note* yes there are exceptions no need to delve that deep

ex of IP,subnet,gateway
IP: 192.168.1.100
subnet: 255.255.255.0
gateway: 192.168.1.1

At this point all computers in that subnet they should, firewalls not withstanding, be able to ping each other. If ping fails at this point ensure they can ping themselves at: 127.0.0.1. If that fails, you have problems outside of network issues.

If you are able to ping 127.0.0.1, but not the other computers, you need to look at your cables and confirms no firewall rules are preventing communications. Check for link lights on both the computer and your switch.

Once you overcome any issues preventing pings from getting to each computer, you can start addressing further network connections like shared folders, ssh, etc...

As you have a mix of OS's I would guess you would want a GUI based shared folder solution. For that I would recommend you look into SMD (Samba) shares for the cross platform network file sharing. That should/could be another thread.
 
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