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UNIX® User’s Handbook, Second Edition by Marty Poniatowski

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Chapter 32. Samba

Samba Overview

Samba is an application that allows a UNIX host to act as a file server for Windows systems. The Windows systems can access UNIX filesystems and printers using their native Windows networking.

Our goal in this chapter is to give an overview of the setup of Samba and demonstrate a subset of its functionality. We’ll focus on the file server functionality only. We’ll set up shares on the remote UNIX system that will appear as drive letters and icons on a Windows system. Because Samba comes with the Red Hat Linux software used throughout the book we’ll set up and run Samba on a Linux system. Samba is available for most UNIX variants.

Samba provides this file-sharing functionality using Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. ...

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