View Full Version : Massive network plan

Vignesh S
September 19th, 2009, 11:54 AM
OK, we have always wanted a network over here, and now that I have some time to, I would like to know how to network a desktop with a dual boot Ubuntu 8.10/Windows 7, a desktop running Windows 7, a laptop running Ubuntu 9.10 (Alpha 3 I think), a laptop running XP SP3, and a laptop running Vista Business.

When I mean network, I mean being able to share files with ease, and being able to print stuff from another computer (the printer is currently on the Ubuntu 8.10 computer). With the printer, would I also need to need to set up the printer driver on that networked computer? I probably think so, but I'm not entirely all that sure how to set that up.

OK, I'll break it down for ya's.

How do I network between:
Windows 7 and Ubuntu 8.10
Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10 alpha 3
Windows 7 and Vista business
Windows 7 and XP SP3
Ubuntu 8.10 and Ubuntu 9.10 alpha 3
Ubuntu 8.10 and Vista business
Ubuntu 8.10 and XP SP3
Ubuntu 9.10 alpha 3 and Vista Business
Ubuntu 9.10 alpha 3 and XP SP3

If I've missed something, then I'll put it this way: How do I set up the network so that any computer can access any other computer in that network?

September 19th, 2009, 01:36 PM
samba is your friend.
install it from the repository, then take a look at http://us1.samba.org/samba/
or another of the millions of documentatios about samba.
You may hae to configure a lot of things according to your needs.

Vignesh S
September 19th, 2009, 11:10 PM
Whoa, the tutorial in their website is MASSIVE! Its gonna take some time for me to navigate my way through it... :-)

September 20th, 2009, 02:34 AM
Here are some other links which might be easier for a first step:

Also there are alot of packages related to samba e.g. administrative tools like webmin (not in the repositories), swat, system-config-samba or gadmin-tools and others you may need depending on your demands.

September 20th, 2009, 04:09 AM
I don't know if Windows Vista or 7 have Bonjour, but you can simply turn sharing on in Ubuntu and those shares will show up in file manager.