[Nelug] Samba and XP

Richard Patterson richard at rp2k.co.uk
Sun Jan 11 13:14:19 UTC 2004


I use XP Pro on 2 PCs at home, both connecting to 2 different Samba 
servers. I don't have them configured in a domain...

XP seems to work fine if you have a working DNS, XP tends to use DNS to 
resolve computer names...

The only other thing to watch out for is that you will either have to 
configure samba as a domain controller to create a domain for the PCs to 
log into, or you will need to create local user accounts on each PC, 
either way, you will need to visit each pc.

The way forward depends on the administration model you have in mind, 
from the domain point of view, you only need to create accounts on the 
Samba server, and you'll be able to login from any pc.

I'm not sure as to the status of Samba's Active Directory support, but I 
know it can create an NT4 style domain.

If you don't use it as a domain, you will need to create an account on 
the Samba server and the PC(s) the user will log into. If you plan to 
have 27 users being able to log into 27 PCs, you will need to create a 
total of 756 account (27 accounts on each PC, and 27 on the Samba server).

I wouldn't say that 25 (or 27) PCs is a large environment, but if you 
are planning on completely removing the Netware environment, then you 
may have quite a bit of work to do, especially if you have networked 

Hope this helps

Richard Patterson

Johng wrote:
> Hello all,
> in the office I work in we have a Novell file and print server. It has a
> 25 user license. We now need to give another two people access to this
> server. Since we found out that we would have to upgrade the Novell
> version as well as buy more user licenses I put forward the idea of
> changing the Novell file and print server for a Linux box running Samba.
> There are some workstations on the network that have XP home edition. We
> have been told that Samba will not work with XP home and has problems
> with XP Pro as well.
> Does anyone have any experience of this.
> Before it is said we can not change to Linux workstations since we have
> a custom made program that is built using Access. It is this programs
> data that we need to share on the server.
> Johng.
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