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Linux Networking for Windows and Desktop People -- Mandrake 9.1 and LinNeighborhood

Mike Angelo -- 1 May 2003 (C) -- Page 3

Tip: Please keep in mind that computer names and usernames/logons are two different things. LinNeighborhood lists a computer name in its window. However, the username/logon that you need to plug into the pop-up dialog boxes is the username or logon that you use to log onto that computer -- not the name of the computer. If you ever find yourself having trouble logging on to remote machines or shares, make sure that you are not confusing machine names and user names.

  • Access From another Linux box

Let's say that drake is your user name on another (remote) Linux machine that uses LinNeighborhood to access LAN-shares on your local network. Also, let's say that you have added drake as a user and Samba-user to the (local) Mandrake 9.1 box as discussed above.

On this other (remote) Linux box, simply right-click on the work-group name in the LinNeighborhood desktop that is the work-group in which your Mandrake Linux 9.1 box is a member. That pops up the choice-box shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4. Scan groups choice-box.

Then click on the scan groups as user button. That pops up the Insert User input box. Please see Figure 5.

Figure 5. Insert Unser input-box.

The username and password that you enter here are those that you previously configured on your Mandrake 9.1 box in the Adding user and Samba accounts for file sharing section above. In other words, the username and password that you enter in the Insert User input box are a user name and a password that are set up on the remote, Mandrake 9.1 box -- not the box from which you are trying to access the remote computer.

When LinNeighborhood is done scanning a work-group, the result will be a list of computers in the work-group. Simply right-click the name of your Mandrake 9.1 box. That will pop-up the Insert User input-box again. Fill it in and click OK. That should bring up a list of shares on the Mandrake 9.1 box, which are available to you as drake.

Now, right-click on a share-name. That brings up the Mount Dialog box. Simply enter your SMB (Samba) user name (drake) for the Mandrake 9.1 box and the SMB (Samba) password for the drake Samba account on the Mandrake 9.1 box. Those are the user-name and password that you entered into the Insert User input box in the previous steps. Please see Figure 6.

Figure 6. LinNeighborhood Mount Dialog Panel.

Next, simply press enter if you already have not done so. Voila! If everything went right, the LinNeighborhood desktop should show the share mounted in the Mountpoint column and in the Resource window at the bottom of the desktop. Please see Figure 7.

Figure 7. Screen shot of LinNeighborhood. (Source: LinNeighborhood Web site. Links in the Resources section.)

To access the share simply point the Konqueror file manager to the mount-point to which the remote share was mounted.

Giving Your Mandrake 9.1 Box a Network Name

The third tweak involves naming your Mandrake 9.1 box for networking purposes. By default, your Mandrake 9.1 box will tell other computers on your network that its name is localhost. That can confuse other computers on your LAN -- with the result they will not be able to see the shares on your Mandrake 9.1 computer.

If you did not do it during the Mandrake 9.1 installation dialogs, you need to give your Mandrake 9.1 box its own special name -- a name that no other computer on your LAN uses for its name.

Let's say for example you want your Mandrake 9.1 box to be named drake91. Perhaps the easiest way to do that is to use the Mandrake Control Center's Network & Internet Connection configuration tool Wizard. Then when the Wizard asks you for a computer name, enter drake91.

Next, finish going through the Wizard, OK yourself out of the MCC screens, and then reboot the computer. On reboot, your Mandrake 9.1 box now should tell your LAN that its name is drake91.

If everything worked out OK, you should be all set.

Getting Help

If you have problems, a good place to get help is on the #Mandrake channel on the EFNet IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Network. To launch an IRC client, simple hit the K (start) button on the K Panel > Internet > IRC and take your pick.



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