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Network Administration: Linux Samba Installation

As a network administrator, if you didn’t install Samba when you installed Linux, you can install it on your network after the fact. Here are the steps:

  1. Click Activities, Applications, and then Add/Remove Software.

    This summons the Add/Remove Software program.

  2. Type Samba in the search text box and click Find.

    A list of Samba packages appears in the window’s main list box.

  3. Select the package labeled Server and Client Software to Interoperate with Windows Machines.

    This is the basic Samba package.

  4. Scroll down a bit and also choose the Samba Server Configuration Tool package.

    This package provides a user-friendly interface for configuring Samba.

  5. Click Apply.

    The Add/Remove Software program grinds and whirs for a moment and then installs the package you selected.

  6. Close the Add/Remove Software program.

    Samba is now installed.

One sure way to render a Samba installation useless is to enable the default Linux firewall settings on the computer that runs Samba. The Linux firewall is designed to prevent users from accessing network services, such as Samba. It’s designed to be used between the Internet and your local network — not between Samba and your local network.

Although you can configure the firewall to allow access to Samba only to your internal network, a much better option is to run the firewall on a separate computer. That way, the firewall computer can concentrate on being a firewall, and the file server computer can concentrate on being a file server.

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