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Are there any best practices for configuring a Linux Server for RDP access and SAMBA File Sharing?

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I recently configured a Linux Server, successfully added it to the AD domain. The next step for me is to configure the server for file sharing (Samba) and some type of remote access from other domain boxes, we are not using WINS by the way.

My question is are there any preferred methods of configuring a Linux server for file sharing and allowing remote desktop access?

In the interim, I have begun searching the web for possible "white paper" solutions.

Thanks in advance
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File sharing with Samba is relatively straightforward and I doubt there is much we can add here, except maybe if you run into a specific issue.

As for "Remote Desktop", that depends a bit on what you understand under that, as there are different approaches you could take there.

With openSSH on the server you get remote access to your server, and you can connect to it using ssh IPOfServer. If you need access from Windows PC's, then on the Windows PC's you can use Putty. If you also want to connect to the X Server, then you can configure OpenSSH server to forward X. Now you can connect using ssh -X IPOfServer, and after that you can start GUI applets from the command line. For windows PC's you'd then additionally need an X server, like xming installed on the PC's.

There is also the possibility to use vnc server (most distro's include some version of VNC) or NX or ltsp....

http://www.putty.org/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xming
http://www.nomachine.com/
http://www.ltsp.org/

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