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You need Samba to use the office Windows PCs, or you may use it also from your laptop or office Mac.
See also the network setup needed for internal laptops.

The Samba software implements Microsoft Windows networking protocols for UNIX machines. Windows has features to access other Windows machines and servers; a UNIX server running Samba would appear as a Windows server to client PCs, and (some of) its services would be accessible to the client PC.

We have a Samba server running on rome. From your PC or laptop, use Samba to access files on the Linux machines (your home and nobackup directories, web pages, files in /usr/sms) and to access printers.

Ask Paul to create a Samba or "Windows" account for you. You must do this in person (in room 639) as you will need to set a password. The Samba password should be different from any other passwords you may use, but could be the same as the password you use to log in to dora.

To change your Samba password on a Windows office machine in ROMEGROUP, press Alt-Ctrl-Delete and choose Change password; otherwise try Start Menu > Settings > Control Panel > Users and Passwords.
You can also change your password from a UNIX machine with command
/usr/sms/share/samba/n/bin/smbpasswd -c /usr/sms/share/samba/n/lib/smb.conf.rome -r rome

Windows machines (WinXP and later)

Connect to rome either by typing \\rome in the address bar of a Windows Explorer e.g. MyComputer window, or by going to Start Menu > Run > \\rome. Use your login name and Samba password at the prompt.

The directory shares have descriptive names; be sure to check out \\rome\sms\win\sfwinst\DataOnly\.

There are numerous printer shares (overwhelming, but they must all be visible so you can use them). To use printers, you must (once) set them up as they are a per-user setting. Choose from those in \\rome: double-click then say yes (then close the queue-list window that comes up), or copy them to your local (Start Menu > Settings > Printers) folder, or use Add printer and select something like \\rome\r7lw. Please see our list and description of printers. Before printing, each time after a reboot, you need to connect to \\rome and log in.

Instead of Samba, you could print via the LPR port monitor.

Our office Windows PCs run Windows7 and are set to log in to the ROMEGROUP domain. Since users are logged in already, there is no further password prompt to connect or to print; have some directory shares mapped as network drives:
    H: home
    N: nobackup (a.k.a. /nb/USER)
    W: ~/wwwfd (a.k.a. /u/USER) when present
    L: sms (a.k.a. /usr/sms, used to be named local)
and the "roaming profiles" are kept in the ~/.profiles.V2 directory.
Admin PCs are set to log in to the BIANCOGROUP domain.

Macintosh machines (OSX 10.1.4 or later)

In the Finder menu, Go ConnectToServer to something like
or just smb://rome/ and choose the share you want.

Printing via Samba does not work from Macs, but you should use lpr/lpd.

Linux machines (Debian, Ubuntu etc)

In the the Places menu, ConnectToServer to something like
or just smb://rome/ and choose the share you want.

Printing via Samba does not work from Linux, but you should use lpr/lpd.

For more info on Samba, see the documentation: on Linux use file:/usr/sms/share/samba/n/swat/ while on PCs you would want file:////rome/sms/share/samba/n/swat/.

Paul Szabo 10 Sep 2016