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Setting Up Samba Server

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System-Administration Linux Windows Samba
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In order to achieve this, we’ll be using Samba, which is integrated into Windows by default, and can easily be installed on Linux as well.

Samba will allow us the ability to access files from the file server as if the files were stored locally on a hard drive, using the same file system as regular files.

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Samba share in Windows Explorer

Creating Samba Share on Linux

To start, one needs to know which folder they want to share, and needs Samba installed on their machine.

# Debian Based
$ apt-get install samba
# Arch
$ pacman -S samba

Then, one needs to create a user to login to the samba share, to ensure not anyone can access it. The -a means to add a user. One can also remove a user using the -x option.

$ smbpasswd -a sambauser

Next, we need to configure Samba, using it’s config files, so, as an admin or super user, enter:

$ nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

And scroll down to the bottom and add the options for the new Samba share.

path = /path/to/share
public = no
valid users = sambauser
read only = no
writable = yes
browsable = yes

Of course, changine options as needed. As an example, here’s my media share options:

comment =  Files Share
public = no
valid users = myself
read only = no
writable = yes
browsable = yes
path = /sambadisk

Once the options are set, save and close the file, then restart the Samba service to let it grab the new options.

$ service smbd restart

Accessing the Samba share on Windows

Accessing the Samba share on Windows is as easy as creting a shortcut. So, on the Desktop, right-click and go to New -> Shortcut

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Typical windows right click menu

Then type in the network location of the new shared folder


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Entering the address of the samba share

Then enter the username and password for the samba account, and away one goes.

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Samba share shortcut in Windows Explorer