Networking Windows and Linux
therefore wouldn't talk with anything that had 'Win' in it. This thought spread
around quite a bit, and therefore most Windows users would have no truck with
But getting Windows to recognise a Linux machine or for that matter getting
Linux to recognise Windows-based computers in a network is as simple as configuring
your network in Windows.
While Windows uses the popular Network Neighborhood to view other machines,
Linux allows other Windows users to view a Linux-PC using a utility called Samba.
Samba emulates the Linux machine as a Windows machine and thus allows you to
share resources on the hard drive along with the appropriate security roles.
Using Samba, it is also possible to share printers or use Windows-based network
However, there are some basic steps that need to be performed before you get
your Windows and Linux computers to talk to each other. For example, you need
to set the security modes, specify the share names, etc.
Samba for starters
Before starting off the installation and configuration of Samba on a Linux computer,
make sure you have the network components set up perfectly. You can find Samba
in almost any Linux distribution media. In fact, it is usually installed when
you install a Linux distribution. In case the Linux distribution that you have
installed or used does not have Samba, you can always download the latest release
from the Samba site.
The configuration of Samba doesn't vary from distribution to distribution,
so let's see how you can get it right in Red Hat. Before installing any package,
you have to be logged in as root. So, type su root at the command prompt or
use the X interface to log off from the normal user to root. For installing
the packages, Red Hat users can use gnorpm from X. Otherwise, those comfortable
with the command line can install Samba using the following command:
rpm -ivh samba-2.i386.rpm
In case your distribution gives you an error that says missing dependencies
while installing Samba, install the missing components first
or else Samba will not get installed. Once you have successfully installed the