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How to Set Up and Configure Samba [TheJobSupport]

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How to Set Up and Configure Samba [TheJobSupport]


The following tutorial will show you how to set up samba on a Linux system allowing you to share files and folders with either a Linux or a Windows client. All the following steps work on Linux Mint 11 but should also work on any other distribution using gnome. For kde the only thing which differs is defining shares (usually through the kde control center).

On the Samba Server

First thing is to check samba is installed. Open up a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install smbd

Type your root password when prompted. Then install smbfs by typing:

sudo apt-get install smbfs

and then type your root password again.

Now open up your smb.conf file by typing:

gksu gedit /etc/samba/smb.conf

Locate the line WORKROUP = WORKGROUP and change it to the name of your network. So for instance mine would be changed to WORKGROUP = MINT_HOME. Save the file and exit.

Now we have to add users to the smbpasswd file which is located at /etc/samba/smbpasswd. Only users specified in the smbpasswd file will be able to access your samba shares. Open a terminal as root and type:

smbpasswd -a user (where user is the name of the person allowed to access the shares). When prompted enter their new password twice.

Next we have to define the samba shares. Type:

gksu shares-admin

When prompted enter your root password. With the GUI open add your samba shares, save and exit.

Note, every time you update the smb.conf file you must restart the samba service so type:

gksu service smbd restart

Now we have to check the configuration so far. Type:


If there are errors in the smb.conf file testparm will tell you. If everything is OK then type:

smbclient -L (where is the ip address of your samba server). This will show you the list of all your available samba shares. At this point if you have no errors your server is configured correctly.

Linux Clients

Install smbclient and smbfs either using the package manager or apt-get install. Now we have to mount the available shares. First decide where you are going to mount them. I will mount them in /media/dev/share but first I will have to make the directory dev so:

cd /media

gksu mkdir dev

and then ls which should show us the new dev directory in media. Now time to mount the shares.

gksu mount -t smbfs // name) /media/dev/share

where is the ip address of your samba server. This will mount the share but only as long as you are logged in. To make the link persistent you need to enter the following line into /etc/fstab.

// /media/dev/share cifs username=user,password=pass,user,rw,noatime 0 0

Windows Clients

We have to change the workgroup to MINT_HOME and then add the ip address of the samba server to the hosts file (must open as administrator).

Once this is complete map the shares to your computer.

Word of warning here about firewalls. Either turn them off or add exception rules for traffic on ports 137-139 and 445.


Source by Christopher P Wakefield

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