SolutionBase: Integrating Fedora Core 5 with a Windows network

The Connect to Server option gives you a place to specify exactly what you want to connect to

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Even if you're installing Fedora Core 5 onto desktops in your organization, the chances are pretty good that you'll have need to integrate Fedora with your Windows systems in some way. While many Linux enthusiasts question the wisdom of running Windows-based servers, Windows continues to rule in the business world. In this article, I will address basic Windows integration needs.

About my lab configuration

For all of the examples in this article, I'm using Fedora Core 5 as a desktop operating system and Windows Server 2003 R2 at the server-side of the equation. The Windows server is named w2k3r2-ent-base. I'll primarily use a user account named sampleuser in Active Directory. This is a normal, non-administrative user account to which I will assign appropriate permissions for file shares and printer access.

Connect to Windows file shares

There was a day when Windows and Linux interoperability was somewhat (ok, significantly) harder than it is today. Now, much of the functionality to accomplish seamless integration is built right into Fedora. Let's start with an example that connects a Fedora desktop system to a file share hosted on Windows Server 2003 R2.

There are two methods by which you can accomplish your server connection goal:

  • Use the Connect To Server method.
  • Use the Browsing method.

The Connect To Server method

From the Fedora desktop, choose Places | Connect to Server.