I'm looking for a solution to keep a hard drive on my LAN network to be accessed from a number of OS's - win xp and fedora mainly.
I have a Hawking Technology 'Net-Stor Network Storage Center' HNAS1 enclosure for a hard drive, it connects an IDE drive to the ethernet.
I'm not entirely clear about how it might work to get files from Linux on the drive, I've heard about SAMBA, but don't quite understand it.
If you don't mind, I have a bunch of questions to ask, if anybody can point me in the right direction towards finding the info I'd appreciate it!
-Where does a 'samba server' actually reside? I've read a bit on samba.org, but it only vaguely makes sense.
-would my networking enclosure support this?
-How would I know about the file system to format the drive? Does it matter?
-Finally, if I'm using a router and DHCP, is there going to be an issue in trying to map the drive?
Again, I only have a basic understanding of all this, I'm not even sure my jargon is correct here..