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Old 04-12-2003, 09:50 PM   #1
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Need Help with Windows/mac/Linux networking


I'm a total newbie to Linux, and have been assigned a task to figure out a way to use a common email server, print server and file-server with a Linux v7.3, Windows 2000, Mac OS 9, and Windows NT.

There are 20 machines on this network, split with 5 running each of the OS's above.

i need to figure out both a low tech (Cost is a issue) and high-tech way of doing this.

I've got all but the Linux OS figured out, but the fact that all of these need to use a common server for both email and printing is what is confusing me.

For the first alternative, assume a very low level of data sharing is required and that the network is to be established as economically as possible while still providing for communications among all the computers on the network; for the second alternative, assume a very high level of data sharing is required, system availability and data integrity are critically important, and the network is to be connected to sister concern firmís IBM RS 6000 system in the supply room two floors below. Cost and capabilities matter.

Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.
Old 05-14-2003, 03:15 PM   #2
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Thats a big job for someone with little linux experience!
All I can do is point you in the right direction (I very much doubt you'll get a complete how-to on this website, but if you encounter any problems along the way this site will help)

Have you tried The Linux Documentation Project it has a lot of how-to that will help you achieve your goals.
A few points:
program: sendmail = email server
program: cups = print server
(sorry if you already knew this)

Also a good book to use is Red Hat Linux Networking and System Administration. I have it, it answered a lot of my unsolved questions when I had to install a new server at work. (a bit like your scenario, but without the print server.
Hope this helps
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It's been about 7 years since I last saw a Mac ;)

Samba on Linux for the WinDOHs boxen
(Which is a pretty smooth install these days).
That will cover file & print services.
Sendmail (plain TCP) for the mails.

Do Macs these days know TCP/IP (and even

If so it's almost trivial, Samba on Linux will do
all the work for you in regards to file & print server.

If they don't, you'll be facing massive efforts...

Old 05-14-2003, 09:41 PM   #4
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The most likely solution to your problem would be to set up a Samba file server on a Linux computer. Samba is a package that comes with most Linux distros. It lets you share file systems and printers on a network with computers that use the Session Message Block (SMB) protocol. SMB is a protocol that Windows uses for sharing files and printers. A Linux server can have both Windows and Linux computers as clients. I believe that Macs could be used as clients in that situation although I do not know for sure.

If you use Samba TCP/IP must be used as the underlying protocol to transport data because Linux only supports using TCP/IP with Samba. I know Macs support TCP/IP these days but do not know much about them other than that. Choosing TCP/IP is pretty much unrelated to what type of network cabling, hubs, switches and/or routers you already have.

You should take whatever I say with a grain of salt because I am only now taking my first couple of networking classes. I do not yet consider myself to be an expert. Do you already have a network installed. Is it an Ethernet network? Are you using CAT5 wiring? Is any of it wireless? What kind of topology do have? Do you use hubs, switches, routers or anything like that in your network? Will you be connected to the Internet and need to worry about hackers?

It might also be possible to do this with an NFS server instead of using Samba however Samba would probably be a more likely choice. I believe that NFS can be installed on Windows clients but is definately not already there by default.

Do you plan to use static IP addresses or will your computers be receiving their IP addresses from a DHCP server? A Linux computer could be used as a DHCP server, although static addresses would probably be a reasonable choice for a small network like that. Perhaps you can get somone more experienced to help you with your project. I hope what I said is accurate!

As an exercise in a class I am taking we each had to set use Samba to share a directory beween a Windows 2000 computer and a Linux Computer. At home I set up Samba to share a directory beween my new and old computer while each is booted up into Red Hat Linux. It sounds like an interesting exercise to create a network with Windows, Linux and Macs all connected together! I have a book on Samba but I have not yet read it.


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