Accessing IBM i NetServer with Linux and Samba client support

If you are using a Linux® client, you can use Samba to access IBM® i NetServer.

IBM i NetServer also supports the Linux Samba client. This support allows a Linux client running Samba to connect to IBM i NetServer through the smbclient and smbmount client utilities. ASCII printing (text, PDF, and postscript) is supported through the smbclient utility.

The Linux requirement is a kernel version of 2.4.4, or later and Samba 3.0.9, or later. Samba is an open source client and file server that is compatible with Microsoft Networking, which comes with many current distributions of Linux. For more information about Samba, Samba commands, or to download the latest version, see the Samba Web site ( to site outside information center.