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Introduction to Samba / CIFS

What is Samba/CIFS?

This topic will concentrate on how to configure Samba on an Ubuntu Linux server. Samba is a file sharing utility using the CIFS protocol, specifically aimed at allowing Windows and Linux servers to access the same filesystems. The normal setup is to have the data drives mounted on a Linux server and shared out using Samba and NFS. The Windows clients can then mount those drives using a Samba client and the Linux clients can mount them with NFS.

.. Windows clients can then mount those drives using a Samba client and the Linux clients can mount them with NFS ..


When to use Samba/CIFS

Samba should only be used to connect a server and a client if they running different Operating Systems (-i.e. Windows and Linux). If they are both running Linux - you should be using NFS instead. There is further guidance on when to use Samba/CIFS and when to use NFS in the NFS Introduction topic.


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