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Old 04-13-2005, 07:44 AM   #1
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Redhat 9 on a windows network

Firstly i'd like to say hi, i've been meaning to take a leap to linux for a while and chose redhat 9 as i use it at uni, this morning i took that leap and im now well and truly lost. Heres my biggest problem at the moment and i was wondering if any of you can help:

I have two computers, that up until this morning were both running Microsoft Windows XP and connected via a crossover cable. The "HOME" computer continues to run XP and is connected directly to the internet while "LAPTOP" is running redhat 9. Is there any way of connecting the LAPTOP to a windows network or similar to allow internet sharing etc?

Thanks in advance

Old 04-13-2005, 08:34 AM   #2
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Ooh, big project. Running linux is a good book to get you started, but you'll have to bend it a little.

Here's what I did for my network:

After bumbling around i ran redhat-config-network to set the hostname, and the ip address (I don't think you need to do this if it is enabled to use DHCP).

Sharing internet access is something tricky. you'll be using your linux box. once again, crack open Running Linux. also look at


you have to run redhat-config-samba or point your web browser at localhost:901. read up about samba, there are a couple of online books about it at

Pick up a good book. Don't worry, just do the background reading and it should be a piece of cake.
I suggest setting up samba first.

I should go fine. Setting up a network was the whole reason I installed X, otherwise you have to mess with random config files and hope...


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