Connecting Fedora13 to Windows using “Samba”

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When using Fedora13, you will probably want to connect and use resources from Windows computers. To do this you will need enable Samba, a utility that makes Linux use  SMB’s (Server Message Blocks) the protocol Windows uses to comunicate with other Windows computers. Most modern Linux distros have this functionality built-in, but in early editions of Fedora13 it does not. Here how to enable it:

  • Log in to your Fedora13 machine
  • From the Applications Menu select System Tools, then select Terminal
  • In the Terminal session type: su to elevate you to super user. 
  • Provide to Super user password.
  • From the new prompt type: yum install samba
  • Allow the program to download and install. If prompted to install additional software type y, and press Enter.
  • Once the installation is finished and you are returned to the command prompt, goto the System Menu, and select Administration, then select services.
  • On the services console locate and enable smb. Once enabled close the services console.
  • From the System menu, select Administration, then select Firewall. Provide root credentials when prompted.
  • From the firewall console locate and click the check boxes for Samba, and Samba Client. Click Apply on the menu bar to enable. Close the Firewall console.
  • To test the networks functionality goto Places menu and select Network.
  • Right mouse click Windows Networks and select open from the context menu.
  • You should see a series of computers or workgroups.