Summary: UW Computer Science and Engineering
Introduction to Samba
revised December 2004 - Warren Jessop
What is Samba
Samba is a UNIX tool that enables you to access UNIX files from a PC running Windows
XP/Vista. It runs on almost every CSE Lab-managed UNIX host.
Samba also allows ftp-like access to PC fileservers from UNIX hosts.
Accessing Files on CSE Lab UNIX Servers from a
Microsoft Distributed file system (Dfs) provides "one stop shopping" for most Windows and
UNIX shares you need to access. On most systems all of these files are found under the O:
drive, as described in Microsoft Dfs.
Accessing your UNIX Home Directory from a PC
To access your UNIX home directory from a PC running Windows XP/Vista you must first
know which home directory you want to access. Some people have only one, e.g. on the
instructional Linux systems, normally called `/homes/iws/username'. Research users may
have several: a "main" research home directory called `/homes/gws/username' on one of
the lab managed hosts (e.g. barb), and perhaps a different one when logging into project
machines such as the graphics (grail) hosts.