[Samba] Homegroups

Gus Zernial gus_zernial at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 8 06:14:42 MST 2013

I've used Samba to share files on my home LAN, consisting of Linux and Windows systems. So far, I've never enabled Homegroups on the Windows systems. I'm now asked to set up a larger LAN in a school computer laboratory, consisting of 30+ Windows 7 machines, several printers and scanners, and two Linux workstations.

I expect that homegroups would be the easiest way to set up the Windows systems for file and device sharing, but read/write/print access to/from the Linux systems is a must, and I'm confused as to whether/how/what version of Samba does or does not support homegroups.. My questions are:

Can a Linux/Samba system be a member of a homegoup?

Can a Linux/Samba system transfer files to/from Windows systems in a homegroup, even if it is not a member of the homegroup.? Can Windows systems in a homegroup access files on the Linux/Samba system?

Can both Linux/Samba systems and Windows systems in a homegroup access shared network printers on the LAN?

Apologies, I know this question has been asked before, but I've googled extensively and I'm still confused as to the best answer to my requirements. If homegroups works in this situation I'd appreciate a link to a howto regards setting this up. If not, please enlighten me as to the best alternative.

Thanks, Gus

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