Okay basically this is my other attemp at following another user friendly guides to building a Server - see link http://lifehacker.com/5919558/turn-a...ne-with-ubuntu
I have installed 12.10 Ubuntu x64
I have also tried other guides but have tripped up on them ( see other posts if interested . Anyhow I have managed to progress more successfully with this guide, the following is an extract from the guide , this was my last successfull step
Ok done that , now the next step really is a jump and allmost seems to be missing somethingLAST STEP TAKEN Lastly, you'll need to create a password for all of those shared drives, so you can access them from any computer (and so other people can't). To do this, just open up a terminal and type the following, replacing whitsongordon with your own username:
sudo smbpasswd -a whitsongordon
Then type and re-type a password of your choice when prompted.
Who , what, when, how ? Why all of a sudden would windows find my server ? Via an Ip address I wonder , am I missing something , ?NEXT STEP Now, head over to your main computer and check to see if the folder was shared properly. On Windows, open up Windows Explorer and click on "Network" in the left sidebar. Your server should show up in the list, and if you double click on it, you'll be asked for a username and password.