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Samba Server Configuration in CentOS 6.5


This guide explains how to configure samba server in CentOS 6.5 with anonymous & secured samba servers. Samba is an Open Source/Free Software suite that provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients. Samba is freely available, unlike other SMB/CIFS implementations, and allows for interoperability between Linux/Unix servers and Windows-based clients.

1 Preliminary Note

I have fresh installed centos 6.5 server, on which I am going to install the samba server. Off-course you need to have one windows machine to check the  samba server that must be reachable with the centos server. My centos server have hostname server1.example.com & IP as 192.168.0.100

You can have your centos server installed from the starting seven chapters of the tutorial.Just enable the epel repo & continue further.

Note:

  • There is no need to install the Developments-tools in chapter-7 of the tutorial.
  • The Windows machine must be on same workgroup. To check the value in windows machine run the command at cmd prompt

net config workstation

It will be like this

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Your windows machine must be at same Workstation domain as in centos server, i.e. WORKGROUP in my case.

  • To make the windows machine reachable in windows proceed like this. In the run terminal & add  the entry of your server IP address

notepad C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

In my case it was like this, just save the values.

[...]
192.168.0.100 	server1.example.com	centos

2 Anonymous samba sharing

First I will explain the methodology to install the samba with the anonymous sharing. To install samba run,

yum install samba samba-client samba-common

It will install samba with Version 3.6.9-168.el6_5.

Now to configure samba edit the file /etc/samba/smb.cnf before making changes I will make the backup of original file as  /etc/samba/smb.cnf.bak

mv /etc/samba/smb.cnf /etc/samba/smb.cnf.bak

Further give the entries like this

vi /etc/samba/smb.cnf

[global]
workgroup = WORKGROUP
server string = Samba Server %v
netbios name = centos
security = user
map to guest = bad user
dns proxy = no
#============================ Share Definitions ============================== 
[Anonymous]
path = /samba/anonymous
browsable =yes
writable = yes
guest ok = yes
read only = no

mkdir -p /samba/anonymous

chkconfig smb on

service smb restart

service nmb restart

Now you can access the centos sharing in windows as follows:

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From windows machine just browse the folder& try to create a text file, but you will get an error of permission denied.

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Check the permission for the shared folder.

[root@server1 samba]# ls -l
total 4
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 May 28 14:11 anonymous
[root@server1 samba]#

To allow anonymous user give the permissions as follows:

[root@server1 ~]# cd /samba/
[root@server1 samba]# chmod -R 0777 anonymous/
[root@server1 samba]# ls -l
total 4
drwxrwxrwx 2 root root 4096 May 28 14:11 anonymous
[root@server1 samba]#

Now anonymous user can browse & create the folder contents.

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You can cross check the content at server also.

[root@server1 samba]# ls -l anonymous/
total 0
-rwxr–r– 1 nobody nobody 0 May 28 14:41 anonymous_test.txt
[root@server1 samba]#

 

 

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