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Samba is an Open Source/Free Software suite that provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients regardless which operating system -- Linux, Unix, IBM system 390, Open VMS or Windows -- it is based on. Samba can be run on multiple platforms including Microsoft Windows, UNIX, Linux, IBM System 390, OpenVMS, and other operating systems. Samba uses the TCP/IP protocol that is installed on the host server. When correctly configured, it allows that host to interact with a Microsoft Windows client or server as if it is a Windows file and print server. Samba is a software package that gives network administrators flexibility and freedom in terms of setup, configuration, and choice of systems and equipment.