Linux/Windows Networking Newbie
I have a simple network hardware setup. My wireless Linksys router supplies internet and local network access to a wireless laptop running Windows Vista and a hardwired desktop computer. The desktop in question used to run Windows XP but without warning I formatted the drive and installed Mandrake 9.1. The internet still works just fine for both computers, as expected. What I want is a working local network.
I'm new to Linux and Linux networking. My first goal is to allow access from my Linux system to shared folders on the Windows laptop. So my questions are as follows:
How can I find the IP addresses, domain names, workgroup names, etc. for both of the computers and the router?
How do I use SAMBA to allow access from Linux to Windows through the router?