Linux In a Windows Network with SAMBA

by Mark Rais,  Senior Editor

Integrating Fedora Linux into a Windows network is reasonable and easy as long as you use the SAMBA utilities.  I share every main step necessary to implement such a SAMBA server within a Windows environment.

Once integrated a Linux server looks and acts exactly like any other server on a Windows intranet.  You will have the ability to drag and drop files, view server contents and directories using Windows File Manager, and even edit files on a Linux server from any Windows desktop.

This article is a guide to setting up a full fledged FEDORA LINUX/SAMBA server.  If you need basic steps for connecting Linux with Windows please read my article Windows to Linux: Basic Networking.  If you’re a system administrator and are planning to integrate the Linux server into your AD server environment, I’m sorry I do not go into details how to configure smb.conf for ADS usernames, although it can be done.  I will walk you through the main steps for installing a SAMBA Server.  This, in my opinion, is the first part to any future more advanced integration.



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