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openSUSE 11.1 GNOME User Guide
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3.4 Managing Windows Files

With your openSUSE machine being an Active Directory client, you can browse, view, and manipulate data located on Windows servers. The following examples are just the most prominent ones:

Browsing Windows Files with Nautilus

Use Nautilus's network browsing features to browse your Windows data.

Viewing Windows Data with Nautilus

Use Nautilus to display the contents of your Windows user folder just as you would for displaying a Linux directory. Create new files and folders on the Windows server.

Manipulating Windows Data with GNOME Applications

Many GNOME applications allow you to open files on the Windows server, manipulate them, and save them back to the Windows server.


GNOME applications, including Nautilus, support Single-Sign-On, which means that to access other Windows resources, such as Web servers, proxy servers, or groupware servers like MS Exchange, you do not need to reauthenticate. Authentication against all these is handled silently in the background once you provided your username and password on login.

To access your Windows data using Nautilus, proceed as follows:

  1. Open Nautilus and click Network Servers.

  2. Click Windows Network.

  3. Click the icon of the workgroup containing the computer you want to access.

  4. Click the computer’s icon (and authenticate, if prompted to do so), then navigate to the shared folder on that computer.

To create folders in your Windows user folder using Nautilus, proceed as you would when creating a Linux folder.

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