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how do access a linux machine from a windows machine

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  1. jdbic

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    We have a few windows machines in the home group. I just started using lubuntu and want to have in the network so we can share the files. The windows machines show up , but not the lubuntu. How do I find it?
     
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    Do you have Samba installed.
     
  4. jdbic

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    No, I don't have Samba installed. I take it I should get Samba for a start?
     
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    You could get Samba through apt-get install samba (you need to run as root).

    But you could also try running secure-shell and an FTP server on the Linux machine for remote access and file transfer between it and other Windows machines.
     
  6. Stanr691

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    WinSCP will work as well. Free download.
     
  7. jdbic

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    Well I'm trying the link that plodr gave, but I get almost through the windows part and keep getting a denial message after entering the password. i'll be back with the correct message.
    Is WinSCP for the windows machine or the Linux one?
     
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    This is what I was referring to in post #7
    [email protected]:~$ sudo mount.cifs //bicvideo/Share /home/bic/Desktop/Windows-Share -o user=bic
    Password for [email protected]//bicvideo/Share:
    mount error(13): Permission denied
    Refer to the mount.cifs(8) manual page (e.g. man mount.cifs).

    I'm going to read the link that Squashman posted next .
     
  10. Stanr691

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    YEs WinSCP runs on the windows box. You connect to the Linux box using the root account and you can browse in a familiar explorer interface.
     
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    Not a good idea from a security standpoint. On all the linux servers I have ever managed the ROOT user was only allowed console access. All other elevated access was done with SUDO. This is definitely one task where you shouldn't need ROOT access to do it.
     
  12. Stanr691

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    You're probably right. I don't have much Linux experience but I do use the root account to connect to our one linux box via WinSCP.
     
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    Anybody have an idea as to why I got this in post #7 and #9?
     
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