In addition to its core component, Samba comes with a bunch ofpretty powerful ancillary utilities: an SMB client, an SMB filesystemmounter, a backup tool, and a Web-based administration utility. Find outhow you can use them, inside.
Over the course of this two-part article, I've taught you a little bit about Samba, and showed you how you can use it for seamless file sharing between *NIX and Windows systems. I also spent a little time on the ancillary tools that ship with Samba, demonstrating how they can be used to accomplish common tasks like file backup, point-and-click configuration and SMB share manipulation.
This isn't all you can do with Samba, though - there's a whole lot more, including some pretty advanced tricks that allow you to have your Samba server mimic a Windows NT server, and integrate into your network. Those topics are a little beyond this introductory tutorial - however, you can read up on them at the following links:
Or - if you're really curious - drop me a line and tell me what you'd like to read about. Until then...ciao!
Note: All examples in this article have been tested on Linux/i586 with Samba 2.2.5 and Windows 98. Examples are illustrative only, and are not meant for a production environment. Melonfire provides no warranties or support for the source code described in this article. YMMV!