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VPN Samba support

Hi all,

I'm setting up VPN support using an Asus N66U router.

One of the fields is "Network Place (Samba) Support".

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In layman's terms, what is "Samba"? Is it a file system that Linux and Mac OS's use? If i enable this, what real world implications would it have? Does it mean that Macs and Linux computers can log in? Or does it mean that Macs and Linux computers can both log in and peruse our files?

Thanks in advance.
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Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
Samba is an open source version of SMB, also called cifs, or in other words, file sharing.
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Uni KittyCommented:
I am familiar with SAMBA for Unix, particularly for Solaris and its a great feature that you enable in the Unix side to allow sharing of UFS with say Windows systems, so they can access and write to it. It must be configured and enabled first.
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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
Thank you. So it sounds like basically, if I enable this feature, it allows non-Windows VPN clients to log in and cruise our Windows network folders and files?
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Uni KittyCommented:
No I don't think it's that simple, my guess is that it allows non-windows servers to access samba shares if they are enabled on your network. You would still need to configure and allow samba access on your filesystems/directories. Make sense?
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Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
The way I understand it from their documentation is you can plug in a usb harddrive to the router and that is your samba file share. So the checkbox on the vpn page is a way to allow the vpn users into the fileshare you have already setup via usb in another page.
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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
Thank you all.
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