Integrating Ubuntu with a Windows-based network is harder than it should be
Posted by: Anonymous
on December 17, 2007 06:02 PM
For the ignorant who don't know what Linux network is. Linux doesn't turn on insecure network services by default, because it is "Internet Ready", rather than assuming it's in a safe LAN.
Just as an experiment, I used GUI from scratch to import directories via NFS, on Open SuSE. I install nfs-server packages + GUI management, export 2 directories. Then on client system in GUI go to NFS client and import them. The whole exercise took less than 6 minutes from reading this tripe, in the feedback.
These directories appear as if they're local, the lusers don't have to know where they are, or browse in shares, or know that the stuff is in the "P:" drive or anything. So it's a 1 off cost, yes I had a clue and knew to look for NFS, but rather than pushing out the effort to end-users, the admin does it once, which makes the system far better to manage, as servers change and data gets migrated transparently.
No CLI needed, no magic, just very simple. And by the way, the firewall options were integrated into the GUI dialogue, so I had a big hint about security, when doing this.