[wellylug] Setting up after system failure

John Durham john.modec at xtra.co.nz
Mon Jul 28 11:10:57 NZST 2008

Pete Black wrote:
> Short answer: yes - its called SAMBA, which implements SMB (Windows file 
> and printer sharing)networking.
> Long answer: yes - but configuring it is sometimes not as simple as one 
> would like, due to the mismatch between UNIX and Windows account naming 
> and policies, as well as the different versions of Windows default 
> behaviour when mounting file shares.
> Under GNOME, it should be possible to right-click a directory and share 
> it. Whether this will actually allow a user on your Win98 workstation to 
> access it - I don't know.
> You may also need to install and configure the SAMBA packages before 
> these options become available.
> SAMBA usually requires some configuration  - creating samba-specific 
> accounts with the smbpasswd utility or similar - for user-authenticated 
> access, and even if you set it up for anonymous access, you can have 
> trouble with the default file and directory permissions. Generally 
> speaking, GUI configuration tools for SMB networking under Linux are 
> rather sub-optimal.
> SWAT - Samba web administration tools - are what I usually use to 
> configure SMB networking, though the KDE control center has some decent 
> support for this stuff.
> This tut. is slightly dated, but might be instructive.
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad17kma8rNM
> -Pete
>> My windows XP pro machine died yesterday due to a power problem that 
>> took out the motherboard and protection devices. To restore services I 
>> set up a spare machine with Ubuntu 8. So far it does email and web 
>> browsing very well.
>> The problem arises with file sharing. I recently published a novel:
>> http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=1382737
>> Development of it required full file sharing from the W98 
>> c'reator'machine with the XP Pro ínternet capable machine over NETBEUI. 
>> Now that the XP system is dead, simple file sharing would make a big 
>> difference in the office.
>> Is there yet a way to do that on a Ubuntu system?
Well, I finally got to ping the local machine succesfully from the 
command prompt (after installing a network card for the local LAN). That 
is as far as I get for now. At least contact is possible.

Have not located anything like SMB or Samba yet. Got any more 
suggestions? (running Ubuntu 8).

John Durham
PC Helpers Website at http://modecideas.com
See my novel at:http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=1382737

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