The Samba File Server

The Samba file server is a powerful package that allows the Ubuntu server to interact on a Microsoft Windows network. It provides shared folders and shared printers for Windows workstations and other Windows servers. The Samba software turns your Ubuntu server into a full-featured Windows server, even allowing it to join a Windows domain.

Not only does the Samba software provide Windows server features, but it also provides a client mode. In the Samba client mode you can connect to remote Windows server shares and retrieve files, or print to remote Windows network printers. Chapter 22 provides details on how to configure and use your Samba software.

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