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Old 02-23-2004, 01:38 PM   #1
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Redhat 8 and windows xp samba basic


Surely this is a really simple question for all you penguin wizards out there.

I recently connected redhat 8 with windows xp pro. I see the samba server in my workgroup it's called //localhost and the desciption is samba server.

I mapped my g drive so I can share the contents on my windows pc through the linux (hopefully)

I see the g on samba server along with the printer shared etc ....and can access it (the g drive) through the workgroup on my windows box only.

I edited the homes in my samba configuration to browsable=yes and it doesn't have the ; (so it's not ignored)

I used the properties on the root's home directory (on the RH desktop) to read write on all the categories hoping to be able to access it.

I also leared to start and reset the samba server.

ok...this is where I'm at at the moment.

My only qustion is "how do I look around in my linux box through my windows box and vice versa?"

I want to be able to type something like //localhost/sharedfolder/ from windows retrieve linux contents

I want to be able to type something like //P4/g/ and access my windows g drive from my linux box.

It would be nice to create desktop shortcuts to serve as gateways to the other computers too.

I want to take things one step at a time I'm not interested in security or passwords at the moment.

I'm stuck...please help or refer me to a web tutorial written in PLAIN DUMMY ENGLISH STEP BY STEP STYLE. If you can

thank you in advance

Old 02-23-2004, 09:55 PM   #2
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This helped me out allot...

It walks you step by step.

Using Samba

Start from Chp 2 on....

FYI When installing a user on the Samba server use the terminal/console. I had problems with SWAT GUI. It looked like it registered, but didn't. Remember that you have to have a User account on the Linux box and a Samba account on the Samba server to access resources.

BTW. I am a newbie just like you. Have been running Linux on 2 machines a little less than 2 months. To learn this you have to get your hands dirty.


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