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Old 08-23-2003, 07:07 AM   #1
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Unhappy Can a Linux print server be set up on a Microsoft server network?

Lay of the land.

The school I work in has a LAN, connected to a MDF room with servers and that is connected via the internet tot he Central Office servers.

I have IP addresses at my disposal (5) but will have 8 locations that I am concerned with.


If I set Samba up on a Linux box and connect that machine up on the LAN in a school will I be able to store files for the computers in that building and other buildings to share on that machine?

Can I also print to a printer in the school with the Linux Print Server when I am in a school 8 miles away?

I do know that firewalls are set up for anyone not on the domain, but I will be on the domain and have similar IP addresses, naturally.

But with all I know (which is little) this is new but the prospects are so great.

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Old 08-23-2003, 04:20 PM   #2
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Is the M$ domain AD or is it NT4.0? There ia a huge difference. If its AD its a simple matter of registering the MDK server in the AD and everyone will be able to see it. The samba is straight forward.

You could let it use the AD for authentication and it will appear as just another share on the network to those users who have permissions to it.

If its NT4.0 then you will have to add the machine name into Server manager and it will appear as another member server. Its really not that hard.

As far as printing goes as long as you give the MDK box permission to print in either AD or Server manager it will print just like any othe print server.

For detailed samba config check out O'Reilly's Using Samba. It is a great reference.
Old 09-28-2003, 05:18 PM   #3
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i am hoping to set up a red hat 9 as a print server

i have a dns server running win2003 and i am new to the entire networking with linux scene lol

i hope to get a windows 2000 machine i have turned into a rh9 system (other distro's are fine) and use that as a print server

can anyone here suggest a good distro and or a tutorial for a person new to linux to get this working

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That depends on how indepth you want to learn Linux. If you just want to learn the gui driven way there is Mandrake and Redhat. If you really want to learn the nuts and bolts of linux then get a diatro like Slackware or Gentoo. Although if you load Mandrake or RH without a GUI you can learn a great deal.

I like to get folks started with mandrake as its the easiest to build and maintain. It also has a great number of applications loaded by default. Then once you are comfortable with it, move to Slackware or Gentoo. These last two can build you a system that has nothing but what you want it to have........Complete control over the load.


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