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Advanced Linux Networking by Roderick W. Smith

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Chapter 7. File and Printer Sharing via Samba

In the mid- to late 1990s, Linux earned a reputation as a “stealth” OS. Network administrators, asked to do a great deal with few resources, turned to Linux, sometimes even when it wasn't an approved solution in their organizations. In some cases, Linux replaced Windows servers that were expensive, balky, or unreliable. One of Linux's greatest tools in accomplishing this task without raising eyebrows was Samba, a server that handles the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol, which now also goes by the name Common Internet Filesystem (CIFS). SMB/CIFS is the file- and printer-sharing protocol used atop NetBIOS, a common set of network protocols on local networks dominated by Windows systems. In other words, ...

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