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Re: Help with setting up home network

On Sun, May 06, 2007 at 09:38:44AM +0300, Andrei Popescu wrote:
> On Sat, May 05, 2007 at 08:41:47PM -0400, Eric A. Bonney wrote:
> > So before I start really getting to far into this, can I get sharing 
> > going on my home network with just samba or do I also need NFS?  I want 
> > to be able to read and write to my linux server from all machines (XP 
> > and Linux) 

and read and write files to my shared XP drives from my Linux 
> > units.  Looking at the Samba book seems great but is Samba all I need?
> Samba and NFS are two different protocols for the same stuff and can be
> used independently. If you need to access the server from XP then you
> definitely need Samba and not NFS. Samba is MS's file sharing protocol
> (SMB), but better implemented ;)

> If you can read the shares on the server, but can't write to them this
> can be easily fixed. You need to tinker with the /etc/samba/smb.conf on
> the server. The file itself is well commented and also includes some
> examples.
> Otherwise you can find lots of docs in the samba-doc package.
> Regards,
> Andrei
> -- 
> If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
> (Albert Einstein)

For your Linux boxes, you should have NFS. Yes, you can use get access
to the files via Samba, but you will be giving up a lot of the power
of Debian/GNU/Linux as an OS supporting networking. And, it is really
easy to set up NFS. 

I recommend setting up NFS sharing with the Linux boxes first, as a
way to gain some experience and confidence with the business of
network setup. After you know that you know how to connect cables,
etc., you can address Samba setup where it belongs -- an adjunct to a
functioning Debian/GNU/Linux network that supports a legacy OS.

Paul E Condon           

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