Configuring Windows

Once you have finished configuring and testing Samba on your Linux machine, if you are using Windows NT to access the shared drives on your Linux server, you should restart your NT computer. The shared drives will be automatcally accessible.

You may want to set user passwords if you are using Windows 95 or 98. In order to do this, select the "Passwords" icon from the Control Panel. Enable the "Users can customize their preferences..." option under the "User Profiles" tab. Under "Change Passwords", simply follow the instructions to assign yourself a username and password. Make sure these are the same as the ones you have on the Linux system you want to access. When you select the "Network Neighborhood" icon on the Windows desktop, you should be able to access the shared drives.

If you run into any problems with Samba, it is most likely related to the security settings and passwords. You should be sure to read the Samba documentation and other texts mentioned in the "More Reading" sidebar. You should also check out the Samba HOWTOs and FAQs.

Printing to a Linux Printer from a Windows PC

You will be able to access the printer from your Windows box if you have specified the printer on your Linux system as a shared resource in Samba. In order to use the printe, you will first need to add that printer to the list available on the Windows system. This isn't difficult, and it should be a breeze to get through.

First, click on "Printers" from the Windows Control Panel, then click on "Add Printer." Next, click on "Network Printer" and click "Next." In the window that pops up, look through the network display to find the printer on your Samba server. Double-click the printer's icon and follow the remaining instructions.

When you're all done, the Linux printer will be added to the list of printers available to your Windows system. Congratulations, hopefully it wasn't as complicated as you may have thought.