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Kansas State University
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Manhattan KS 66506


Samba connectivity

Samba provides a method for accessing UNIX file space as a drive letter mapping from within the Windows, Macintosh, Linux and other operating systems that understand SMB protocol. A common reason for establishing this mapping is to edit web pages hosted on the central UNIX web server. Samba use is limited to on campus and off-campus through use of the K-State VPN.


  • Operating system: Windows Vista (or newer) or Mac OS X
  • Ethernet connectivity to the K-State campus Ethernet.
  • An account on the central K-State UNIX system with a minimum of read access to UNIX file space.
  • Read/Write access to a web directory on the central UNIX web server.
  • An understanding of drive mappings.
  • Knowledge of local account, LAN account, and UNIX account IDs and passwords.