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If you want to perform the management of your files without leaving the
friendly drag-and-drop environment of your Windows Explorer, the software package Samba
can promptly make any directory of your server's file system, even the root directory,
to be a standard Windows network share.
Depending upon the file access permission of the
directory, standard drag-and-drop operations to perform selection, copying, deleting,
renaming of files can be carried out within your familiar Windows Explorer. All you need
to do is mapping a desired Linux directory as a Windows network share on your Windows
computer. This file transfer mechanism is more attractive and user-friendly to users who
prefer not to use the ftp file transfer method.
This section of the condensed guide explains the following topics in details.
Sample Samba configuration file to enable the mapping of a specific Linux directory
into a Windows network drive.
How to add a Samba user with password to require logging in the Linux directory as
a shared Windows network drive.
How to set up the required firewall ports to support Windows Network Neighborhood's
smb protocol to enable network share.
How to disable SELinux in case of permission issues.
How to start and stop Samba services on your server.
How to map a native Windows network share to a Linux file system so Windows files
and directories can be processed by standard Linux tools.