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Using Samba for file/print sharing needs

Open source apps and software expert Bernard Golden recommends using Samba for file/print services when introducing Linux to your Windows shop.

I have a Windows 2000 Server that provides print and file sharing services and seven Windows 2000 Pro Systems. The network protocol is NetBeui. I need to introduce Linux as an upgrade. Is it possible to have these two working alongside each other? What would take to have them work? And what programs or hardware would I need to install to have them working?

It is absolutely possible to run a mixed environment. Linux is often introduced into Microsoft environments as a file/print server. The best way to accomplish this is by use of the open source Samba product which drops into Windows environments very easily.

This was first published in August 2006
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