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How do you create Samba Share in a VMware/Linux (RedHat environment)?

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Hi all (efg-uae are you there?),
I  wanted to ask this follow up question outside of an earlier thread because it deserves additional points. So now, how do you create this Samba Share thing in a VMware/Linux environment? The name suggest it is a method of sharing resources between linux and other operating systems? I have no clue how to set that up...can you show step by step how to do this?
Speaking of ftp from VM/linux, I am not familiar with doing that from a linux box. What do I need to be able to do ftp from linux? How do I start FTP server in Linux machine so that I can ftp from or to any given target folder?
Finally, what do I do to make a windows folder sharable to a linux machine?
I will appreciate it if all the questions are answered but it is not a must. Points will be earned based on provision of stepwise HOW-TO (do it) responses. This is a VMware/RedHat linux machine on a MS Vista 64 physical.

Thank you

Again guys and gals, thank you immensely!
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To share a folder on linux you have to install samba and a configuration tool with "yum install samba system-config-samba".  Then just run system-config-samba and the gui will help you set it up.  If you do not have console access to the machine to run a graphical program, install swat with "yum install swat".  Swat is a web-accessible configuration tool for samba.  Pretty simple to use.

Of course make sure your firewall isn't blocking samba (system-config-securitylevel).

There are many ftp servers for linux, the easist is vsftpd which you can install with "yum install vsftpd".  You will then be able to ftp to your linux box (again, make sure the firewall isn't blocking it).
That is just for a server, there are other tools to ftp to another box.  Typing "ftp" at a command prompt is the most simple way, but is not graphical.  I like to install filezilla from http://filezilla-project.org/, it also works on windows and mac so the interface is the same across all platforms.

Hope that helps!
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by:Enuda
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Hello arrkerr1024,
I have tried all the suggestion here and each failed with messages such as the following. Any work around I can try?

[root@localhost ~]# yum install samba system-config-samba

Loading "rhnplugin" plugin
Loading "security" plugin
Loading "installonlyn" plugin
This system is not registered with RHN.
RHN support will be disabled.
Setting up Install Process
Setting up repositories
No Repositories Available to Set Up
Reading repository metadata in from local files
Parsing package install arguments
Setting up repositories
No Repositories Available to Set Up
Reading repository metadata in from local files
No Match for argument: samba
Setting up repositories
No Repositories Available to Set Up
Reading repository metadata in from local files
No Match for argument: system-config-samba
Nothing to do

[root@localhost ~]# yum install swat

Loading "rhnplugin" plugin
Loading "security" plugin
Loading "installonlyn" plugin
This system is not registered with RHN.
RHN support will be disabled.
Setting up Install Process
Setting up repositories
No Repositories Available to Set Up
Reading repository metadata in from local files
Parsing package install arguments
Setting up repositories
No Repositories Available to Set Up
Reading repository metadata in from local files
No Match for argument: swat
Nothing to do

[root@localhost ~]# yum install vsftpd

Loading "rhnplugin" plugin
Loading "security" plugin
Loading "installonlyn" plugin
This system is not registered with RHN.
RHN support will be disabled.
Setting up Install Process
Setting up repositories
No Repositories Available to Set Up
Reading repository metadata in from local files
Parsing package install arguments
Setting up repositories
No Repositories Available to Set Up
Reading repository metadata in from local files
No Match for argument: vsftpd
Nothing to do

Thanks
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