[Samba] Quick Question to Samab Team

Phill Edwards philledwards at gmail.com
Mon Apr 12 18:43:32 MDT 2010

> a) I have a Windows Vista/XP machine which is the client machine
> b) I want to access couple of Unix Solaris, HP unix, Linux and Windows 2000
> servers machines and have to read some .txt or .xml or some config files
> from my Windows laptop
> Can I assume Samba can help me here ? If it is installed on the Unix hosts
> and Windows Servers. Can you share some sample architecture or similar
> solutions Samba has resolved in the past pls.

When you write to this mailing list, you're writing to a list of
people who use Samba. You're not writing to the Samba team. Samba is
an open source technology, not a vendor pushing a product. So there's
no non who's going to give you successful case histories in the hope
you will be convinced to use it. You'll need to research it at
http://www.samba.org/, read the documenation and decide whether it's
what you want for your environment.

Your question is quite vague. You just say you want to "access" other
servers. Tthe Samba web site says "Samba is software that can be run
on a platform other than Microsoft Windows, for example, UNIX, Linux,
IBM System 390, OpenVMS, and other operating systems. Samba uses the
TCP/IP protocol that is installed on the host server. When correctly
configured, it allows that host to interact with a Microsoft Windows
client or server as if it is a Windows file and print server". So if
you want to set up file sharing between a Vista PC and your other
servers, then Samba is right for you. But if you're talking about some
other type of access (eg SSH) then Samba is not the answer.

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