Samba definition networking
A free suite of programs which implement the Server Message Block
Originally developed for Unix
by Andrew Tridgell at the Australian National University, the Samba server
allows files and printers on the host operating system
to be shared with clients
such as Windows for Workgroups
, Windows NT
For example, instead of using telnet
to log in to a Unix machine to edit a file there, a Windows 95
user might connect a drive in the Windows Explorer
to a Samba server on the Unix machine and edit the file in a Windows editor.
A Unix client called smbclient, built from the same source code
, allows ftp
-like access to SMB resources.
Samba is available for many Unix variants, OS/2, and VMS
. Porting to Novell Netware
is in progress (August 1996).
smblib is a portable
generic library for making SMB calls for implementing client/server
functions from within any program. Linux
implements a complete file system (based on smbclient) so by default Linux users have full access to resources on LAN Server, Windows NT and LAN Manager