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Windows Networking is not easy...beware
Authored by: wankomatic2000 on Feb 26, '02 10:42:38PM

SAMBA is not nasty. People who don't know how to install SAMBA and then blame SAMBA are nasty. ;)

Saying that SAMBA causes damage is misleading. SAMBA will not damage Windows networks, but it can confuse other clients and servers on the network.

Let me say this again, because it's really important: SAMBA will not cause damage to your Windows computers. Unless you've got a Primary domain controller sitting at home, and other machines relying on it for log-on services, SAMBA (even if it is misconfigured) will not cause your PC's to quit communicating, and in no case will it ever cause damage to your other computers.

Home users don't have anything to worry about. Even if SAMBA is configured to be the primary domain controller of MYWINDOWSDOMAIN, your Windows PeeCees are in Workgroup mode, which means they're not looking for a domain controller anyway.
If you're going to be bringing your Mac to work and plug in to the Windows domain, make sure that you don't set it up to be the domain controller. If you're plugging into the network at work, you should probably take more time to understand Windows Networking anyway, and make sure your network admin knows that you're plugging your own machine in anyway.

If you need to install SAMBA, understand how Windows Networking works.

SAMBA is an excellent resource that can make life a lot easier, but just like any powerful tool, if used the wrong way, it can cause some headaches.



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