I have samba server running on ubuntu 10.04 lts. At the moment I am connecting to it from windows 7 by typing \\192.168.1.3\sharename. Is there a way to give the ip a "name". At my school I can type in \hsmain\sharename. How would I set something like this up?
You need a DNS server (like bind) or something substituting it in your network. You can install dnsmask for example on your ubuntu server or if your network is simple, you can use hosts files on all machines.