Teaching Local Area Networking Using Samba Instead of Windows

Gary D. Steffen, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne
Hosni Abu-Mulaweh, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne


The objective of this article is to demonstrate that the same principal techniques for local area networking can be taught using Linux, with Samba instead of Windows NT/2003 at a fraction of the cost. A brief history, availability, and cost of maintaining a Samba based network is presented. The paper also illustrates how existing Windows Server experiments can be modified to use Samba in its place. Important experimental issues such as domain controllers, shares, printing, authentication, and security are also addressed.