I am trying to do some pre-configuration research as I contemplate
adding a Linux file server to our W2K LAN (about 100 stations total
[95/98/2K mixed]). My purpose is to circumvent sluggishness
encountered by W2K desktops when accessing files from the W2K server.
The sluggishness appears to be due to the overhead of domain
authentication and active directory and kerberos authentication and
file serving (yes, we have a single box performing multiple
functions--not my choice).
My first question is: can I share files existing on a Linux box with
computers that ARE on the W2K domain, WITHOUT joining the Linux box to
My second question is: If the answer is "No!" then I assume Linux must
join the domain. Will the speed I am seeking from Linux be compromised
or undermined by joining the domain?
My third question is: for either scenario, is it possible that a kind
soul would point me to a link that supplies clear instructions on how
to share the information from the Linux box? There are so many Linux
links out there that I hardly know where to begin.
FYI: I although I want to restrict access to the shared files, these
files are NOT the type requiring major security provisions.
[I could also use a pointer to a site that clearly details initial
Linux setup as well]
L. Mark Bruffey