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access to linux server from windows Pc

I have a client who has a windows PC. Is there any free software out there that I can download and configure to directly connect to the Linux server?

The thing is, a new user started and I need to allow her permissions to shares on this Linux server.
So I am hoping I can configure the shares via software on a Windows machine

Thanks
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Just download and use Putty as mentioned by wmp. I would not recommend using telnet.

You can use samba to create shares for windows.

/etc/samba/smb.conf  [ it is well documented and should be easy to get it going ]
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Thanks for that, can samba be used to configure existing shares on the linux server (permissions)
Yes you can use samba  to configure existing shares on the linux server. You just need to set the appropriate permissions. If you want a group to be able to read/write or a user to read / write to the share, you have to have corresponding permission on that share on linux server for that user/group.
If you also want GUI access to the Linux box, Teamviewer is probably the simplest thing (works over Internet too):
http://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/index.aspx

Webmin also has a decent web GUI for configuring Samba:
http://www.webmin.com
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SAMBA is great for sharing files to Windows PC's from Linux.
I recommend you add SWAT to administer shares if you are new to SAMBA.
It's very helpful and can tell you exactly what your configuration looks like from a web page.

http://www.samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-HOWTO-Collection/SWAT.html#id2682074
Ok I have installed Putty on my XP machine.
I can connect to the Linux server through this.
How do I change permissions for shares on the linux server?
I want to this by using putty on the xp machine
chmod (user rights - read, write, execute) and chown (change ownership)

chmod -R 755 /Directory
chown -R sambauser

There's also chgrp for user groups. 755 is probably the most common setting, but you'll likely want to do some reading about permissions in Linux, before you go too far with this..