How to network Windows XP and Linux RH 7.0?

Posted on 2003-03-11
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Last Modified: 2010-03-18
Hi all,

I have just decided to start learning about Linux.  I have sourced a copy of RedHat 7.0 from a friend and have installed it *sucessfully* on a machine which also holds Windows98. (Ie. Dual Boot)

This PC has a NIC and when running Windows 98 can communicate, share files, print services and the internet with my WindowsXP machine.

The problem lies in the fact that I have no idea how to configure Linux in such a way that it will communicate with my WindowsXP machine.

Can anyone provide this 'Linux Newbie' with a step-by-step guide for making this happen. (Or even point me to a website that has this info)

Thanks for any help.

Cheers, Brad.
Question by:Damaged31
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splishsplash earned 100 total points
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You want to use SAMBA to share files between Linux and Windows so check out the HowTo:

Read through that and if you run into any problems post it back here and someone can help you.

Basically you install your samba server so that Windows clients/computers can connect to your Red Hat. You also install the samba client so you can connect from Red Hat -> Windows.

1) get samba installed (by source, or RPM)
2) configure the smb.conf file (configures your Samba Server)
3) add a user

...now part II of your question is the general setup of networking. Do you have a dial-up (modem) connection, or high-speed internet (DSL/Cable)? If so, are you using some kind of DSL router?

A few pointers on commands:
ifconfig -- lists all your network devices w/ info about them

route -- this lets you manipulate the routing table. in other words, it lets you configure the gateway and subnet mask for the linux box.

Check out this for a broad overview of networking:

..but this webpage is probably what you are looking for, something more concrete:


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techi03 earned 100 total points
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try  www.pctechnicians.ca
adding linux  to your  network.

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