You are about to use the equivalent of a microscope to look at the information that runs through the veins of a Windows network. We do more to observe the information than to interrogate it. When you are done with this primer, you should have a good understanding of the types of information that flow over the network. Do not worry, this is not a biology lesson. We won't lose you in unnecessary detail. Think to yourself, "This is easy," then tackle each exercise without fear.
Samba can be configured with a minimum of complexity. Simplicity should be mastered before you get too deeply into complexities. Let's get moving: we have work to do.