Samba Client Configuration and Use

Once you’ve got your Samba server up and running, you can access it via Windows and Linux. This section shows you how to access the Samba server and also how to use your Samba server to create backups of important datafiles on client systems.

SMB clients are also available for most popular operating systems, including OS/2 and Mac OS (including Mac OS X). You shouldn’t expect to have trouble getting them to work with Samba. If your client seems not to work, simply follow the procedure given in the troubleshooting section.

Windows Client

Windows 3.11, 9x, Me, and NT—including Windows 2000, which is an updated release of Windows NT—have built-in support for the SMB protocol, so systems running these operating systems can easily access your Samba server’s resources. Under Windows 9x/NT, you can access Samba resources by using the Windows Explorer. Log on using a user account that’s authorized to access Samba resources, then click Network Neighborhood, and you should see a subtree that corresponds to your workgroup. Click that subtree, and you should see a subtree that corresponds to your Samba server. By expanding the subtree, you can see the browseable file and printer shares that are available. You can easily drag and drop files to and from a shared directory, assuming your user account is permitted the necessary access.

To use a shared printer, click Start Settings Printers and then double-click Add Printer. The wizard will guide you through ...

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