Use HTPC as file server

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tommyguitfiddle
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Use HTPC as file server

Post by tommyguitfiddle » Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:04 pm

What I want to do is access the audio and video files that are on my HTPC with my other computers on the same home network. All computers are running Linux Mint 9. I'm very new to networking in Linux, and I have not been able to find a solution to this in these forums. I get the feeling that it should be much simpler than I am making it. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Use HTPC as file server

Post by JasonLG » Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:15 pm

tommyguitfiddle wrote:What I want to do is access the audio and video files that are on my HTPC with my other computers on the same home network. All computers are running Linux Mint 9. I'm very new to networking in Linux, and I have not been able to find a solution to this in these forums. I get the feeling that it should be much simpler than I am making it. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanx,
Tom
The fastest and easiest way would be to share the folders that contain the audio and video by right clicking them and going to "Sharing Options" Then check the "Share this Folder" and "Guest Access" boxes. To view the shared folders from other computers in you network click "Network" in the Mint Menu and then navigate to the folders in question.
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Re: Use HTPC as file server

Post by Fafler » Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:48 am

You only need linux <-> linux sharing, so NFS is the natural choice. It has been around since forever and once setup, it always works.
Read about it here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SettingUpNFSHowTo

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Re: Use HTPC as file server

Post by tommyguitfiddle » Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:21 pm

I do not see the shared folder listed. There is a Windows Network, and under that is Workgroup. When I try to open workgroup I get an error message that says failed to connect.

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Re: Use HTPC as file server

Post by JasonLG » Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:14 am

tommyguitfiddle wrote:I do not see the shared folder listed. There is a Windows Network, and under that is Workgroup. When I try to open workgroup I get an error message that says failed to connect.
Do you have a firewall enabled? If so you either have to make an exception for samba or disable it completely.(Firewalls are generally unnecessary in a private network if said network is behind a router as they generally have a built in firewall.)
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