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Old 09-18-2006, 10:27 AM   #1
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how to setup 2 linux to 1 xp that is internet conected

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I have tried now for a number of weeks but now admit defeat I have a dell dinension 2400 512ram, 2 80 gb drives, dvd rewriter, xp home edition, and also has now Suse 10.1.boxed versions. this machine is connected to the internet using xp. i also have another dell 2400 dimension now totaly on Suse 10.1 this is dual boot but is only used with Suse. this machine also is able to connect to the internet. another machine is also Suse 10.01 nad can also connect to the internet. i also have a dell inspiron laptop that needs from time to time to connect to this proposed network. I can't get any of these 3 machines to see each other i have not tried the laptop. if i click on my desktop folder i can go onto network services and i get a windows network icon. if i click on the windows icon i don't get anything if i click properties and click permissions all is greyed out. i have tried yast and then network devices then user controlled with network manager i am now connected to a wired network connection. my problem is how do i get all systems to read each other so i can access for work an file transfer.

Old 09-18-2006, 11:27 AM   #2
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You use a service on SuSE called 'SAMBA'. There are NUMEROUS amounts of postings about it and is pretty alien to newcomers.

Basically you would need to install SAMBA on your SuSE computers
Make sure the samba services are started - SMB and NMB
Set up a new share in your /etc/samba/smb.conf file

That's the BASIC setup that will get you started. We can talk about security later.
Old 09-18-2006, 04:39 PM   #3
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If security isnt a concern;

here's a small smb.conf, which will work like charm..
netbios name = <any-name-you-want-your-box-to-be-refrenced-as>
workgroup = <your-local-workgroup(make sure all local boxes fall in it>
map to guest = Bad user

path = /<path-you-want-to-share-with-others>
read only = no
guest ok = yes
Now you got to save that as smb.conf & start your samba daemon.
Thats it!
Old 09-18-2006, 05:13 PM   #4
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simple samba setup


Thanks for a speedy reply. is everything in linux so difficult. why can't things be more simple. maybe if i was 17 and not 57 everything would seem simple. an example is listed below.

You can discover the correct location by executing from the directory that contains the smbd command file: what does this mean in simple terms?

everything i read seems to be at the level of someone with a reasonable grasp of linux and the running of it. nothing is written with the complete novis in mind. all this makes windows seem a best second option.

all i want is to setup a network that lets me communicate between 3 machine on a network and have them see each other. all can access the net but that's all. is there a simple route to take?

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the easiest way is to purchase a router switch....then connect each machine to the switch....configure the switch to DHCP(usually the default)...configure each box to dhcp(again usually the default)...set up NFS for the linux boxes to see each other and then setup samba for the linux/windows connection. set whatever folders you want share on windows and setup you smb.conf as outlined above.....not a piece of cake but not impossible either....dont make it more difficult than it is...


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