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Old 04-24-2009, 02:35 PM   #1
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I have installed and configured Samba on my server, what next?


I wish to add a Network Drive from the Samba Server. The Samba Server is located at another location.

Can I add the Network Drive without a VPN?
 
Old 04-24-2009, 03:33 PM   #2
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http://us1.samba.org/samba/
 
Old 04-24-2009, 06:47 PM   #3
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The website contains much too much information. I am seriously getting confused by all information about Samba. I am unable to find the instructions I desire for configuring my Vista workstation from that website and the wiki.
 
Old 04-24-2009, 07:19 PM   #4
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What do you mean by adding a network drive to a samba server? If it is a NAS, it is another samba server all it's own. Do you mean you will be adding a hard drive to a samba server?

When you say the samba server is at another location, is it on another site, across the internet? If so, then smb isn't secure. Look at using a VPN tunnel, or use scp. Or look at webDAV or ftp. Although FTP isn't secure in its own right.

Ssh is good for secure tunnels using a single port, but Samba normally uses more than one port. So to use an ssh tunnel t secure the traffic, you need to run samba using only a single port. For that refer to the samba documentation. The one you want is "Samba 3 HOWTO & Reference Guide". You may be able to install a "Samba-doc" package. It contains this & two more books. Or google for the terms: `Samba3-HOWTO' extdf'

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Old 04-25-2009, 06:18 AM   #5
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I am seriously confused of Samba's role in network drives seriously. As far as I know a Samba server must be requires in your own network, or else you wouldn't be able to access it by \\HOSTNAME e.g. \\SAMBASERVER.

Using FTP and/or SCP for that purpose is not a good idea I think. I do require maximum latencies of 50 ms... for accessing files.

FTP and SSH logins can easily take up to a full second, which can be very annoying if you're working hard.
 
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You didn't answer about whether the server you want to reach is on your LAN or on the Internet.
 
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You didn't answer about whether the server you want to reach is on your LAN or on the Internet.
I apoligize. It's on the internet. (datacenter)

I wish to access the network drive from multiple (geographical) locations.
 
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Then use VPN or WebDAV or scp. You can't simply have a windows or Samba file server on the internet. As a matter of fact, most ISP's will block the ports that are used for Windows file sharing. You can also use ssh in a command such as:
tar -C -g timestampfile /home/ -cf - . | ssh user@host tar -C /backups/ -xf -
to replicate files across the internet.

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