Windows Share FAQ
The CS labstaff maintains a server, named share
which runs the SAMBA
allows Windows users to access files in their UNIX home directories. The
following FAQ is designed to help Windows users set up their machines to access
If you do login to share, please remember to
disconnect when you are done. This
can be accomplished by disconnecting the drive, logging
out of the system or rebooting.
Windows XP/2000 access to the network.
- Make sure your machine has obtained an IP address. This can
be done either by using
or you can request a static IP from the
Lab Staff (please mention the machine type, OS, and name you would like).
- Properly install Windows XP/2000 and its networking software. If
you are doing the initial installation of XP/2000, it may automatically
prompt you for the network settings. If not, right-click on the
icon on your desktop
and select .
- In the
right-click on and select
. This will pop-up another window labeled
- The default behavior for Windows is to install three things:
Client for Microsoft Networks, File and Printer Sharing, and
Internet Protocal (TCP/IP). You should disable File and Printer
Sharing and enable the other two.
- Now double-click on
This will bring up a new window where you can set the IP address, subnet
mask, default gateway and preferred DNS server.
If you are using DHCP, check the radio button Obtain
an IP address automatically. Otherwise, enter the IP address
given to you, the Subnet Mask (255.255.255.0) and the
Default gateway (126.96.36.199).
You can set the DNS Servers or choose to Obtain DNS sever
address automatically. The Preferred DNS server should be
188.8.131.52 and the Alternate DNS server should be set to
- Click on the
the new window you will see tabs for IP Settings, WINS, DNS and Options.
- Select the NetBIOS Setting select the Default radio button.
tab and under
- Select the append these DNS suffixes (in order): button. Add
cs.duke.edu and duke.edu. Also, uncheck
the box that says Register this connection's addresses in DNS.
tab and select
and run the
- From the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE on Local Machine window, navigate
to the following folder:
and name the new value:
- Right Click on the above entry, select
Value Data: 1
and then quit
- Restart Windows.
- Map a network drive to the share
Mapping a Network Drive.
To do this, you must do what is commonly referred to as logging
on to the share server. There are several methods for doing
this. You can find step by step instructions (with pictures!) in the
Drive Mapping FAQ.
Without knowing your configuration settings, this is the easiest
- Enter the command: net use * \\share\homes
- Enter you UNIX username and password when prompted.
- The mapped drive will appear under My Computer and can be accessed
from any Internet Explorer or Windows Explorer windows.
Installing a network printer.
Notes about printer naming and header pages:
- By default, when printing to a network printer, a header (or
banner) page is printed at the beginning of each print job. Each
printer is also available via a name with a "-h" suffix; for example,
109 and 109-h. To print without a header
page, use the name with -h.
- When printing from UNIX, certain printer features such as duplex
and tray, are selectable via the printer name. This is not possible
when printing from Windows. To select these features from Windows,
select the printer, then edit the
; make sure that appropriate features of
the printer are enabled. Then select these features when printing
each document. You can set defaults, and then feature selection will
only be necessary when you don't want the defaults.
To install a printer:
- Map a network drive to the share
- Double click
- Type \\share\printer and click
with the name of the printer)
to install drivers
on your local machine
- Select the make and model of your printer, and click
(for a list of printer types
for your default settings
Accessing your home directory from untrusted networks
If you are outside the CS trusted
network, you will need to configure a VPN session. Please see this page for details.