networking windows

I have 5 pc's (1-NT, 4-98). How do I network these with a linux file server (redhat 6.0 on a new Dell Power Edge)?
We need to be able to run word or excel on the pc's and save the data to the linux machine. Currently, we are having trouble networking the NT machine.

Will upgrading to 6.1 erase the work I've done so far?

response appreciated
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rwenzlaCommented:
First, spent $7 at www.CheapBytes.com and get an upgraded version of RedHat.  6.1 is pretty good.  6.0 had a few bugs.
5.2 was real good, but the older kernel (2.0.36) didn't support some options.  I run 5.2 with an upgraded kernel (2.2.9).  Works well.

What kind of server are you planning to run?  File, FTP, Web, Proxy? A server is just a computer that does "something" for the workstations on a net.  We need to know what that "something" is.



 
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ahoffmannCommented:
http://www.samba.org/
if you mean file sharing by "how do I network these .."
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bruceosbornAuthor Commented:
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bruceosbornAuthor Commented:
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ahoffmannCommented:
ok, according to the new info:
  first you need to setup a TCP/IP network on all machines (make shure that they use the same netmask, M$ is very picky about it)
  then istall Samba on linux and have fun

This should even work with RedHat 4.x, without problems.
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pete_perryCommented:
this is just a suggestion, but go get the Corel version it setups Samba for you.
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Barn_OwlCommented:
With Samba the WIN machine think they are talking to an NT server. Makes life good.
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ahoffmannCommented:
. and you even avoid wasting $$$ for a NT server  PDC :-))
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mhomannCommented:
use samba, current version is 2.0.6... -> www.samba.org
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ahoffmannCommented:
mhomann, is there something different to previous suggestions?   :-((
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mhomannCommented:
yes, it is an answer, not a comment, to get rid of an already answered question from the 'waiting to be answered' section...
btw, You did not state which services You wanted to provide to the Win9x machines...
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mhomannCommented:
oops I did not mean You but bruceosborn...
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ahoffmannCommented:
Somebody read about etiquettes at E-E?
think I' give no comments anymore, but answers. even useless ones :-((

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mhomannCommented:
it's just that I always see lots of questions 'waiting to be answered' where the question was already answered in 'comment'-mode, but the question got never deleted...
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ahoffmannCommented:
. and how about people paying for PAQ which are answered in such a way?
If I've had payed (points or whatever), and got a useless or wrong answer (not in this case, mhomann, but ..), I would never use such a service again. Probably not what it should be.
BTW, unanswered questions are deleted automatically.
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Barn_OwlCommented:
The problem of a comment mode answer has been addressed by the accpet comment as answer option. Unfortunatly many ppl forget to use it, thus leaving answered questions waiting for answers
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