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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

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9:20p
How to password protect SMB network shares?
I'd like to be able to mount my Linux box's drives from my Windows box, so I can share space. The thing is, I'd like to password protect them so only I can browse them.

At the moment, this is how my SMB conf's section for sharing those files looks.

[File System]
path = /
available = yes
browsable = yes
public = yes
writable = yes


How would I go about putting a password lock on it? I tried smbpassword but that didn't seem to do anything; I was still able to mount the drive without needing a password.
11:52p
The Xen of Linux
First, some background:
I’ve been experimenting with virtualization under Linux for quite some time now. At my place of employment, we use VMware Server on our Linux servers with some other technologies (Parallels, VMware Workstation, VirtualPC, etc) on various desktops for various reasons. At home, I’ve used both KVM and Qemu with pretty good success, but each has their quirks and piss-me-offs (Mainly VM clock drift, and speed issues).

The one I haven’t tried is Xen. I’ve been doing some reading and I think I understand the difference between Dom0 and DomU, and the hypervisor, but that’s about as far as I’ve gotten.

I’m pretty competent with Linux in general, but the intricacies of Xen still confuse me. I’ve got a machine I can experiment on (Measly 1GB of RAM, but shouldn’t do too badly) and I would like to get my feet wet as it were.

The Question:
Does anyone know of a good practical guide to Xen? Perhaps something written for an experienced admin who is looking to consolidate servers without re-learning everything? I’m not looking for too much theory, but guides on what it can do and how to do it.

Thanks.

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