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    Sharing disk drives over home network AND internet

    Hi all. I'm a college student with a less-than-adequate hard drive on my laptop. I do however have an ubuntu server set up (in ubuntu desktop 12.10) that has 1 TB internal disk space and a 2 TB external hard drive mounted.

    What I want to do is be able to access the hard drive from any computer on my home network and also be able to access them from college (or anywhere else in the world). The only server will be this ubuntu machine, but the clients could be Linux, OS X or Windows. An added bonus (but not necessity) would be the ability to mount the drive not only from my laptop but also from any of the public University computers.

    I know that there may be a way to do this using SSH, but what I want to be able to do is use the "Map network drive" feature on Windows and the "Connect to Server" feature on OS X/Linux to mount both the internal and external drives to my computers, and unmount with a click. In other words, I'm looking for a GUI solution. Any help?
    Last edited by nwngeek212; January 5th, 2013 at 03:36 AM.

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    Re: Sharing disk drives over home network AND internet

    The only server will be this ubuntu machine, but the clients could be Linux, OS X or Windows.
    For the home network, you should look into Samba.This is a common way to share content among Linux, Mac OSX and Windows.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/12.10/server...ileserver.html

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    Re: Sharing disk drives over home network AND internet

    Quote Originally Posted by 2F4U View Post
    For the home network, you should look into Samba.This is a common way to share content among Linux, Mac OSX and Windows.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/12.10/server...ileserver.html
    If you have Windows clients you will need to use Samba for sure. To use Samba over the internet you will need to set up a VPN. Samba doesn't play well on the Internet. See OpenVPN.
    -BAB1

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