Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 22:41 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Windows "I'm sure it's just a coincidence, but Windows 7 shipped around the same time I got married, and it includes a fascinating new technology called HomeGroup. Its goal is really simple: get all your home computers sharing documents, media, and printers with each other, in a way that is both secure and straightforward. But Microsoft also has a deeper aim here: they're trying to finally kill off the decrepit NetBIOS technology that's at the heart of most Windows sharing problems. So let's have a look at HomeGroup and the technologies involved that make it work. And just to keep things interesting, we'll compare HomeGroup with what Mac OS X offers."
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What about the non-homegroup stuff.
by Kasi on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 03:47 UTC
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If you have a heterogeneous network with Windows 7 machines, some XP machines, and a few Ubuntu boxes what happens?

Do the windows 7 machines share to each other using homegroup over IPv6, and then simultaneously communicate with the rest using CIFS over IPv4? Or do they default to just network topology using CIFS over IPv4?

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Tuishimi Member since:

I don't know, but even as I type I am connected to my wife's Macbook, my son's iMac and myself LOL!


The laugh was because I show up on my own network list... I always thought that was funny... but I suppose if you are a multi-user machine that is a useful thing.

Edited 2010-09-23 04:28 UTC

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Drumhellar Member since:

The non-Windows 7 machines can access stuff shared with the home group, I believe.

They just need to connect with the HomeGroupUser$ user, and the homegroup password as the account password. I believe this can be done over IPv4, as only the ease-of-use features of Homegroups require IPv6.

At least, that's what I got out of the article. That's something I'll have to try out tomorrow. It's kinda late to do it now.

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aargh Member since:

I haven't used HomeGroup yet but I don't see why you would need to communiate with Ubuntu via IPv4. Ubuntu supports IPv6 link-local addresses out of the box via Avahi and Samba also listens on all interfaces including IPv6 by default.

Also, the article answers your question in "File Sharing", third paragraph.

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