Samba Sharing with Windows

Ironically, Linux has become a popular addition to many networks in order to fill the role of a Windows file server, using a protocol (SMB/CIFS) that's most strongly associated with Microsoft. This situation has developed because Linux's SMB/CIFS server, Samba (http://www.samba.org), is extremely robust, is by some measures faster than Windows NT/2000 SMB/CIFS servers, and can do some tasks better than can Windows servers. The flip side is that, because Samba must mediate between two different computing worlds, it's more complex. It needs options to specify how to handle filename case, for instance. Fortunately, Samba's default configuration works reasonably well, once a handful of options are set to customize the server for your network.

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