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    Sharing Files with a Windows Computer.


    Can someone tell me how to share files with a Windows XP computer?

    Thanks alot
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    Install samba http://www.samba.org on your linux (if it's not already installed... then you only have to configure it.)
    If you have a distro like SuSE or Mandrake (among others) you can very easily have this done using the distro's tool (YaST or MCC).
    Then after you shared a folder (using gnome, I can right-click on one +properties+share), go to you XP and map the network drive. You can also "search for computer" if you're unsure about how to map a network drive and your samba's share should be visible. Security config might by tricky, I sugest if you're on your local LAN to start by allowing everyone to access the share, and then when you start getting confident with samba you can set the appropriate permission for your needs

    Make sure you to open your firewall on the linux box (if you have one running).

    Of course if you just want to send files from time to time it's easier to use FTP of SFTP but that's not really sharing a drive like you're asking...

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    Thanks for your reply. I don't have a firewall on my SuSe box because it connects to the net through an Xp server (which has an antivirus and a firewall).
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    Oh so your XP is already sharing drives? Then you can do the other way round: mounting your XP share on your linux box.
    You can do this with the command "smbmount". There is probably a way using YaST to mount a windows share (I'm not too familiar with SuSE, maybe someone else can help better).
    You can also install LinNeighborood . It's a pretty neat windows network browser for Linux

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    Quote Originally Posted by warrion_2000
    I don't have a firewall on my SuSe box because it connects to the net through an Xp server (which has an antivirus and a firewall).
    So, a win box is giving protection to linux box. Funny.
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    jeickal, thanks for your help. Yes my XP box has sharing enabled. I'll check YaST aswell. Thanks again.

    S.M.Ibrahim, it's actually protecting itself I once installed WinXP and forgot to install an antivirus and get a firewall up and running. Within 3 hours it was swarming with spyware.
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