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Red Hat Linux System Administration Handbook by Mark F. Komarinski, Cary Collett

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Chapter 8. Samba

How to let your Linux machine serve files and printers to Windows machines

SMB (Server Message Block) is the primary file and print sharing protocol for MS-Windows-based machines. Linux can provide services to and receive services from SMB-based machines.

The other printing and print sharing option is called Samba, developed mainly by some nice folks in Australia. TCP/IP and SMB work quite nicely together. In fact, they work so well together one could piggyback a packet of SMB data onto a TCP/IP packet.[1] This relationship is one that Samba uses to get Windows machines to talk to Linux. The latest version of Samba can be found at http://www.samba.org/.

Let's quickly go through a small network.

Setting Up an MS Windows Network

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