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Samba your way to network file sharing success

Getting a little tired of one Windows SMB (Server Message Block) security problem after another? Want a reliable and fast file and print server without the Windows server headaches? Then, may I strongly recommend that you give Samba on Linux a try? Samba is an open-source program that had provided file and print services to SMB/CIFS (Common Internet File System) clients for more than a decade. This is the same core functionality that Windows Server had provided since NT roamed the Earth. Thus, Samba can provide file and printer services for any version of Windows. Samba runs on essentially all Linux/Unix servers. Indeed, it’s a rare Linux distribution that doesn’t include the Samba server as a ready-to-run option.

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