Starting the Services

Three different services are involved with the Samba software on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10: smbd: This process allows for the actual file sharing.

nmbd: This provides NetBIOS naming services, allowing Windows clients to work with their own naming mechanism. This service, for example, allows you to browse the network neighborhood and find all the Samba services as well.

winbind: This allows you to bind your SUSE environment to a Windows environment where Active Directory is used. With it, you can log in to Active Directory as a Linux user.

To make your Samba server fully operational, you have to make sure these services are started when booting your machine. To start them manually, you can use the /etc/init.d/smb, /etc/init.d/nmb, and /etc/init.d/winbind scripts with the start parameter; for example, use /etc/init.d/smb start to make file sharing available. To make sure these services start automatically all the time when you reboot your server, use the insserv command to add them to the default runlevels. (See Chapter 10 for more details on adding services to the start-up procedure of your server.)

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