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Re: Samba or NFS--tangent

On 06/04/11 at 01:48am, Doug wrote:
> On 06/04/2011 01:30 AM, William Hopkins wrote:
> >On 06/04/11 at 12:58am, Doug wrote:
> >>On 06/03/2011 11:28 PM, William Hopkins wrote:
> >>>On 06/03/11 at 10:02pm, Ron Johnson wrote:
> >>>>On 06/03/2011 11:43 AM, John A. Sullivan III wrote:
> >>>>[snip]
> >>>>>NFS is by far simpler to use in pure Linux environment, Samba is for
> >>>>>Windows networks. NFS has no passwords, just install it with apt-get,
> >>>>>and declare /etc/exports in the server, and mount the shares in the
> >>>>>clients /etc/fstab. That's all it takes.
> >>>>>
> >>>>Fine for home environments, but shouldn't an office environment use
> >>>>LDAP for coordinated UID/GID sharing?
> >>/snip/
> >>
> >>Not to steal the thread, but those who read this probably are the best to
> >>advise me.  I know nothing about networking, but I would like to set up
> >>a peer-to-peer network ...
> >Peer to peer typically refers to filesharing programs. Can you explain what it is you want?
> >I assume you've already got a network up, is it file sharing you mean?
> >
> >If that's so, you probably don't even need samba. Just smbfs/smbclient on the linux clients to read the stuff on the Windows 7 box.
> >
> No, I don't have a network up.  As I said, I really don't know
> anything about networks.  

here's the debian networking howto, for your linux machines:
the important files are /etc/network/interfaces and /etc/resolv.conf
you can report back with questions or google a howto or hit up IRC for realtime support...

> What I want is not only file sharing, but the ability to use the Win 7 machine as a print server. 
IIRC it's easier to use linux as the server component for printing, but not impossible to go the other way.
Unfortunately I don't have any windows machines, so I fear I'll be little help. Perhaps someone else can point you in the right direction.


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