I just found out that I will need to copy some files
from a FreeBSD system to a Windows shared drive on our network so that
Windows users can have access to the files.

        After reading a little documentation and talking to a
cowworker, I was under the impression that this would allow
windows clients to access files on the FreeBSD system, kind of
the reverse of what I wanted. Then I read the man page for the
samba suite and it says:

          The smbclient program implements a simple ftp-like client.  This  is
          useful for accessing SMB shares on other compatible servers (such as
          Windows NT), and can also be used to allow a UNIX box to print to  a
          printer  attached  to  any  SMB server (such as a PC running Windows

That sounds like I could push a file across when needed and be
done with it rather than trying to coordinate the remote users
to get the file at some time after I left it in a given

        Is that just wishful thinking or will it work that way
when properly configured? I need to be able to tell others in
this group what is possible and that one little paragraph seems
to say one can copy out from the UNIX box to the shared drive.

        Any particular gotchas regarding XP which soon will be
Vista in this neck of the woods?

        I apologize for some of the dumb questions as I do not
personally use Windows. I use FreeBSD, Mac and Linux.

        We have a huge Windows base on our campus, however, so
for now, I need to export some log files to the Windows world.

        Thanks for any useful ideas and for your patience.

Martin McCormick WB5AGZ  Stillwater, OK 
Systems Engineer
OSU Information Technology Department Network Operations Group
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