Sunday, April 1, 2007

Using Samba

Yes, it is possible!

Want to access a Windows machine from Linux?
Here is what you do to that (samba)

First of all, I assume that the two machines are somehow connected to each other. I have both of them connected to my home router.

Install samba, start samba, share the folder on windows - use your favorite browser to browse your files

Okay, here is little more details

On the Windows machine
  • Open a Windows Explorer
  • Right click on the folder you want to share
  • Click on "Sharing and Security"
  • A Properties window pops up, clock on the "Sharing" Tab
  • Check the checkbox "Share this folder on the network" (and "Allow network users to change my files", if you wish) in the "Network sharing and security" section
  • Apply and close the window
  • Make a note of the IP address of the interface that is connected to the network (say

On the Linux machine
  • Samba was already loaded on my Linux machine (I think you can use any of rug/yum/apt-get/YaST to install samba)
  • Start the samba service (may have to login as root or use sudo)
#> /etc/init.d/smb start
  • Now open any of the web browsers (firefox/konqueror) and type smb:// in the address bar

You should now be able to see all the files in the folder you are sharing on you web browser.

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