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Chapter 21. Connecting to a Business Net... > Working with Linux and UNIX Networks

Working with Linux and UNIX Networks

Windows Me can connect with Linux and UNIX file servers when the open source Samba product is installed on the Linux or UNIX computer. Samba uses the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol that is also used by Windows Me for file and print sharing. Samba runs NetBEUI over TCP/IP. After Samba is installed, Windows Me can access the Linux or UNIX computer as if it were a Windows computer on the network. Most popular distributions of Linux come with Samba included, and it is also widely available online.

After a Linux or UNIX server has been configured with Samba, it is accessible to Windows Me clients. Windows Me can use either My Network Places or Universal Naming Convention (UNC) paths to access Samba-shared resources, just as with Windows servers. Samba can also be configured to be accessible through only UNC paths if desired for additional security. Samba can be used to enable both folder shares and printer shares.


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