My First Linux Server, Part 2 - page 4
Building a File Server
After completing the Samba Server setup, you should be able to see the Linux PC on the Windows network. On your Windows PC desktop, open the Network Places icon and see if the Linux PC is listed anywhere in the workgroup. (Network Places is usually on the desktop. If not, open the Control Panel and go into Network and Internet Connections, and you'll find it somewhere on the left). The Linux PC should now be listed. Click on the Linux PC to open it.
At this point you should get a Login box asking for your Linux logon user ID and password. Inside the Linux PC, you should see the shared directory. If you don't see all this, you may need to dig a bit deeper to find out what is happening. Refer to the tips at the end of this article if things get complicated at this point. But let's assume that all went as planned.
On the Linux machine, write a small test file into the Linux shared directory. Then go back to the Windows PC and see if the new file is listed in the directory share.
Try to copy a small file from a Windows directory into the Linux directory share. Go to the Linux PC and see if the test file arrived.