Simple Samba file sharing server setup
This is a minimal Samba setup to let other machines access files on a Debian machine.
Install Samba Server
# apt-get install samba
Install Samba Client
# apt-get install samba-client
Configure the Samba daemon
Edit the Samba configuration file.
# nano /etc/samba/smb.conf
In the global section, check the name of the workgroup. It might be useful to know it when you'll try to connect from a Windows machine:
[global] ... workgroup = STURBAIN
Locate the home share definition:
In that section you may enable read-write access to the home directories:
read only = no
To share files in some other path on the system, add another share definition such as:
[ourfiles] comment = Some useful files read only = no locking = no path = /path_to_our_files guest ok = no
Add Samba users
Samba uses it's own password system so users need to be added by root. Note that the users have to exist in /etc/passwd
# smbpasswd -a me # smbpasswd -a you
You will be prompted for a password for each of those users.
To list existing Samba users:
pdbedit -w -L
Restart the Samba daemon
# /etc/init.d/samba restart
Try to access the shares (as a normal user)
Try locally first, then from another machine on the network which also installed samba client. When prompted, use the password entered when adding the user to Samba.
To access my share:
$ smbclient //ourmachine/me
To access your share:
$ smbclient -U you //ourmachine/you
To access our shared(!) share:
$ smbclient //ourmachine/ourfiles