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Old 10-09-2002, 08:53 AM   #1
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Networking Guides

Networking Guides.

I have a question.

Currently my NT machine is authenticating the win-9x clients login in a hub based LAN. All clients are assigned an individual IP as well as the NT machine. No DNS is set.

In my client machines "Client for Micro$oft Networks" I have a tick in "Log on to NT domain " and below that in my "NT domain" abc01 is the only thing written.

This full thing makes all the Win-9x machine to log in to the said NT domain and get validated themselves.

My question is how can I use Linux box in place of my NT
machine and do the same as I am doing currently with NT ?

Also Can anybody tell me where to get freely downloadable Linux Networking Guides. There are many documentations but non seems to be suitable for a non-network engineer.
Old 10-09-2002, 03:23 PM   #2
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The software is called Samba. It behaves like a Windoze NT Domain Controller. There is LOTS of info around for Samba, but you can probably tell from the number of questions here that it is mostly technical.
Someone with an MCSE would consider it easy to set up, so be prepared for some learning...

Search for "NT" "PDC" and "Samba"

There will most likely be a heap of software on the NT server that will also need to be duplicated into Linux/Unix ware... hmmm?

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if you have a computer you would like to dedicate as a router, you could also consider using Freesco (, which is a great (&free!) little piece of software. I've been running it for a few months now, boots off of a floppy on my crappy old 486 machine with only 2 ethernet cards, a floppy drive, and a keyboard. The setup was easy, and I haven't even had to think about the thing in over 3 months, no rebooting no nothing. It just sits in my closet and does its thing.

To do any admin stuff on it, such as assigning IP addresses and such (though using DHCP is strongly recommended) you can log in remotely through telnet, or through http.

But, if you want to use the computer as more than just a router, then Samba is probably your best bet.


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