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Old 03-05-2004, 02:47 PM   #1
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Unhappy Networking Slack for N00BS?

Okay, so i'm so incredibly happy with having slackware at home that i jump at the chance to get to install it at school. My teacher (an idiot) forgot the root password for the only linux box in the building. And doesn't believe in boot disks. So anyways, i bring in Slack 9.1 and install it on the same machine, after completely obliterating all traces of Redhat. The problem is that the rest of the computers on the network can't seem to see it, and it seems only to be able to contact the domain controllers (dc0 & dc1), the proxy server for internet access, and maybe the DHCP server.

Waht i want is to be able to browse the network, and to have others access this computer from within the network (i'm gonna turn apache on and run some forums). But all the previous threads dealing with this seem to recommend samba, which (if i'm not reading to much into things) doesn't (need to?) run on slackware. Or something. If i do need to run it, then how do i set it up?

If i don't (what the hell is lisa?), then what steps should i take from here to have it recognize the network? I understand that it's technically on the network now (i'm surfing the interweb, yay!), but there's obviously a few more step that i'll need to take before this thing starts to work right.

I've checked the documentation in and it seems to be oriented towards peopel who're tryign to get internet access through slackware at home. I'm not saying it's bad documentation, but it's not what i'm looking for, it's a little heavy for starters, and it maeks a few assumptions (ISP, etc) that don't apply here.

Anyways, if anyone out there has any experience networking a Slackware box to a windows network, i'd greatly appreciate the advice. I'd gladly post some config info here, if i knew where to start.

Thanks in advance,

Old 03-05-2004, 03:13 PM   #2
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If you want it to show up on the the Windows network, with shares and such, you need to run Samba, which is the foremost SMB server for Unix. (SMB is the protocol Windows uses for file and printer sharing).

If you just want to run a web server (with the forums on it), you do not need to be on the Windows network. Just fire up Apache, and type in the Linux box's IP address in a web browser and voila. If you want it to use the Windows network naming service (so you don't need to remember the IP address), you will need Samba for that, but if you are using DNS it would be better to add the Linux machine to the DNS server.

If you decide to use Samba, check out the documentation at the project's home page (The HOWTO collection is probably what you want):



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