Configuring Samba for Windows file shares

Samba allows Windows machines to access shared areas of a Linux filesystem.

These notes are for configuration on a RedHat 9.0 linux installation and assume that the SMB services are already installed.


The two SMB daemons are /usr/sbin/smbd and /usr/sbin/nmbd. These are started from init.d.
Check if the smb service is already setup to run automatically from init.d with:

chkconfig --list

Look for SMB in this list for the level that you intend it to run at (eg 3= multiuser text mode)

If it is not in the list, add it with:

chkconfig --add smb

Configure the service to start with:
chkconfig smb on

To startup the services now (only have to do this once), use:

./etc/init.d/smb start


Configuration is via the /etc/smb.conf file. Here is a sample basic config:

; Uncomment this if you want a guest account
; guest account = nobody
   log file = /var/log/samba-log.%m
   lock directory = /var/lock/samba
   share modes = yes
   encrypt passwords = yes
   smb passwd file = /etc/smbpasswd

   comment = Home Directories
   browseable = no
   read only = no
   create mode = 0750

   comment = Temporary file space
   path = /tmp
   read only = no
   public = yes


Test the config using:
testparm – this validates that the file is correct.

Ensure ports 137, 138 and 139 are open on the Linux server. On my RedHat machine I config the firewall using Lokkit. Run this and to the list of open ports.

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