Linux File Server Guide

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Linux file servers play an essential role. The ability to share files is a basic expectation with any modern operating system in the workplace. When using one of the popular Linux distributions, you have a few different file sharing options to choose from. Some of them are simple but not that secure. Others are highly secure, yet require some know-how to set up initially.

Once set up on a dedicated machine, you can utilize these file sharing technologies on a dedicated file server. This article will address these technologies and provide some guidance on choosing one option over another.

Samba Linux File Server

Samba is essentially a collection of tools to access networked SMB (Server Message Block) shares. The single biggest advantage to Samba as a file sharing technology is that it’s compatible with all popular operating systems, especially Windows. Setup correctly, Samba works flawlessly between Windows and Linux servers and clients.

An important thing to note about Samba is that it’s using the SMB protocol to make file sharing possible. SMB is a protocol native to Windows whereas Samba merely provides SMB support to Linux. So when considering a file sharing technology for your needs, keep this in mind.

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