Samba is a free software implementation of a collection of networking services and protocols, including Microsoft's SMB (or CIFS) protocol, which allows computers on a network to share files with each other.
On Microsoft Windows
- Open the Run... command from the Start menu (XP) or by pressing Windows key + R (All Versions). You can type in the search box in Windows Vista or Windows 7 instead of opening the run dialog box as well.
- Type two backslashes (\\), followed by the hostname or IP address of the computer you are connecting to.
- If you also know the name of the share you wish to access, you can type one additional backslash and then the name of the share.
- Click on OK.
For example, to install the VendPrint application, you need to copy the installer from \\vendprint.gac.edu\vendprint:
On Mac OS X
- Click Go from the toolbar in Finder, and select Connect to Server.... You may also use the hot-key Apple+K.
- In the server address field, enter smb:// and then the host-name and IP address.
- Click on Connect