Archive for October 2007
I’ve spent the last couple of days trying to get a Debian Etch machine running Samba as a fileserver for our local Windows peer network. (Maybe some day I’ll get around to building a domain controller, but it’s not really necessary at the moment.) We’ve needed a simple way to share files, store backups, and run shared version-control repositories for some time now. I am pleased to report that all the information out there, along with some help from O’Reilly’s Linux Cookbook, made this pretty simple.
I’m not going to reiterate all the steps for setting up Samba. Instead, I just wanted to give a tip to anyone who might be looking to set up their own fileserver in a Windows peer network: use Samba as a WINS server if you don’t already have one! This is recommended by the Samba people (see this page) and has made peer-to-peer network access in Windows a lot smoother for me.
When I’m not working from a Windows Server install (…ugh), I have been using Ubuntu on an old HP desktop: a Pavilion XE783, which is a funny-looking little tower with a 700MHz Celeron processor and 192Mb of RAM. This is obviously not a lot of horsepower for a desktop system, so in an effort to reduce any overhead, I recently compiled a 2.6.23 kernel, and left out everything I didn’t need.