[AccessD] OT: Server Needed

Seth Galitzer sgsax at ksu.edu
Mon Mar 3 16:59:00 CST 2003


The tool that does this is samba.  See this URL:
for full info.

Samba is a cross-platform implementation of the SMB protocol.  When you
run samba, the box you run it on shows up in your Windows workgroup as
an NT server.  You can set folders and printers to be shared just like
on a windows machine, which can be browsed transparently through the
Network Neighborhood.

I've never tried it, but the documentation claims you can even set the
machine running samba as the PDC for the domain.  I have used samba on
linux and it works quite nicely.  There is now way you would know that
you are not browsing a Windows machine.  Performance is as good as
browsing any other share on the domain.  The file type and file system
doesn't matter.  Samba makes it all transparent.


On Mon, 2003-03-03 at 15:48, Arthur Fuller wrote:
> I was reading some threads that suggested that a Linux box might be used as
> the server. I have no idea how to configure this. Boxes a-f hit a server
> which hitherto has been a winX box. If have read the thread correctly, I can
> subst a Linux box for any given server in the farm. Small company, say 4
> servers. Can I build server Documents as a Linux box and hit it from the
> numerous WinX boxes like they didn't even know it was a Linux server? I tend
> to stay at one level, so forgive me if my questions reveal much ignorance.
> Could I put a huge number of documents mostly media and DWMX &c. files on a
> Linux box and transparently hit them from a local inst of DWMX, say, running
> on winXP and having no idea that the server in question is running Mandrake
> 9.x? Is this true? If so, way cool! And how do I build it?
> If so, how far can one push this scenario? Could an Access MDB live on a
> Linux server and be accessible from x, y and z users on win98, 2K and XP?
> I'm not an OS-level guy, hence these questions :-)
> Arthur
Seth Galitzer			sgsax at ksu.edu
Computing Specialist		http://puma.agron.ksu.edu/~sgsax
Dept. of Plant Pathology
Kansas State University

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