Classic 68K Amiga SAMBA setup
SAMBA networking is very useful for Amiga computers, as it allows a fast and convenient way to transfer large files, games or software to your classic Commodore Amiga.
A standard Amiga computer is limited to 880K floppy disk capacity unless you have a CD-ROM drive or other means to transfer files (and burning lots of CDs can be time consuming and wasteful on media).
One option is a direct link via a serial or parallel cable from the Amiga to another PC, or even to use a telnet BBS service to upload and download files - these options can be slow and fiddly to implement.
With SAMBA however, transferring files to your Amiga is as easy as opening up a Drawer in Workbench and dragging them to your Hard DIsk Drive or Compact Flash card - and everything can be done directly on the Amiga without having to use UAE etc!
Basic Amiga 68K SAMBA setup steps
1. First add a Plipbox to your Amiga and have it setup with MiamiDX or similar TCP/IP stack so you have internet and Network connectivity available on the Amiga - see instructions and information here: Commodore Amiga Plipbox Ethernet Adapter
2. Using your newly setup Plipbox download the following files from here: Amiga 68K Samba files to your Amiga, or transfer them initially by other means you may already have.
You now should have these in a folder on your Amiga:
Setting Up Samba
Step 1 - Find the Samba 2.2.5 Archive (Samba-base.lha) and unarchive it to RAM:
Step 2 - Find the Samba 2.2.5 Binary (Samba-bin-68k.lha) and unarchive it to RAM: (this file contains all the 68k specific binaries for use in this installation)
Step 3 - Find the smbfs-68k.lha file and unarchive it to RAM:
Step 3 - Open up your RAM disk, (double click) the drawer 'Samba-2.2.5' and rename the drawer within from being called 'install' to just be now called 'samba'
Step 4 - Back in your RAM disk, there should be another drawer just called 'install', you can open this and drag the contents into the new 'samba' drawer within 'Samba-2.2.5'
Step 4 - Now also in RAM, open the drawer called 'smbfs-1.74-68k' and drag the 'smbfs' file also into your new 'samba' drawer that is within 'Samba-2.2.5'.
You should end up with a 'samba' drawer with contents like this: