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How to Network Red Hat Linux and Microsoft Windows
Last updated: 9/7/02


1.  Red Hat Linux 7.3 Installation. I did a custom install.   Relevant parts of the install follow.

Password options.  I don't entirely understand all of the RH password gibberish, but here is what I did.

  • Enable MD5 password: checked
  • Enable shadow passwords: checked
  • SMB tab:
  • SMB Server:  Samba Server
  • SMB Workgroup:  WORKGROUP

The gnome GUI (graphics user interface) was installed.

The smb (Samba) server was installed.

The RH firewall was turned-off.  The router performs this function for our LAN and experience shows that firewalls on a LAN behind a router can cause LAN problems.

A Linksys LNE100TX 10/100 PCI Ethernet Adapter was installed in the computer, the RH install detected it and automatically installed the driver.  The network configuration was entered as follows:

  • Configure using DHCP: unchecked
  • Activate on boot: checked
  • IP address:
  • Netmask:
  • Network:
  • Broadcast:
  • Hostname: linux
  • Gateway:
  • Primary DNS: Gateway:

The following additional user accounts were created:

  • lbyard (me)
  • cbyard (my Wife)
  • jbyard (my Son)
  • pcguest (shared LAN account)
  • Password authentication

This can done later with the User Manager in gnome (see below).

When RH first boots-up login as root.

2Setup Linux to use the LAN and Internet.  In gnome double-click the Start Here icon at the top-left corner of the screen.  Double-click System Settings in the resulting window, double-click Network Configuration in the next window.  You should see eth0, the Linux device name for your Ethernet adapter.  Click the Host tab and verify/enter the IP address, Hostname, and any aliases:  E.g.:
linux. WORKGROUP.lan

On a private LAN you can use anything you want for it within reason.  WORKGROUP.LAN corresponds to a domain name.  We plan to add Apache-based, virtual, intranet development web servers that will be patterned in the same manner: e.g., duxcw.WORKGROUP.lan with an IP of

Click the DNS tab and enter/verify the DNS (Domain Name Service) server IP address and the domain name.  The IP address corresponds to the router, which is running a  DNS proxy server like most broadband routers.  You could enter your Internet Service Provider's (ISP) Primary and Secondary DNS server IPs if desired.  The Hostname has no significance in this configuration and may be deleted if desired.

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