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Old 05-23-2003, 11:55 AM   #1
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Question File Server

As the first step in the proof of concept here, I would like to set up the Linux box as a file server. What do I use to set up a Linux box as a file server? Do I use samba? If there is a good how to, please let me know the link. It took me two days to find this site.
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Yes, assuming you are sharing to windows machines samba is the best option. If you need some help, check out the docs and

There are some good how-tos on the site that should help you set up your shares. As alway, if you get stuck just post!

Hope this helps,


I should add, there is also SWAT which is a web based samba share configure tool. It is a little easier than working in the files.

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However if the Linux Box is going to be a fileserver for just other linux machines you should rather look at NFS:

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If your mixing it up with other Linux or *nix machines, you will want to use NFS (Network File System) most likely instead of Samba. Samba is for Linux connecting to Windows and vice versa, to share directories.. etc.
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Thanks! I'm looking into SAMBA because it will be servicing Windows machines.


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