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SAMBA Setup on CentOS 6.x

Just some notes I took when installing SAMBA on CentOS 6.x. for a development environment. DO NOT use this setup for any sort of production system, this appropriate for development only. I run CentOS VMs on my Windows 7 box for development work and I like to map my home directory for each to Windows for ease of access and editing of files.

Turn off SELinux

vi /etc/selinux/config

Set the following: SELINUX=disabled

Turn off IPTables

chkconfig iptables off

Restart the Machine

shutdown -r now

Install SAMBA

yum install samba samba-client

Update Configuration File

vi /etc/samba/smb.conf

Edit the network section

[global]
 # ----------------------- Network Related Options -------------------------
 #
 # workgroup = NT-Domain-Name or Workgroup-Name, eg: MIDEARTH
 #
 # server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field
 #
 # netbios name can be used to specify a server name not tied to the hostname
 #
 # Interfaces lets you configure Samba to use multiple interfaces
 # If you have multiple network interfaces then you can list the ones
 # you want to listen on (never omit localhost)
 #
 # Hosts Allow/Hosts Deny lets you restrict who can connect, and you can
 # specifiy it as a per share option as well
 #
 workgroup = 
 server string = Samba Server Version %v
 #netbios name = SERVER
 ; interfaces = lo eth0 192.168.12.2/24 192.168.13.2/24
 interfaces = lo eth0
 ; hosts allow = 127. 192.168.12. 192.168.13.
 ; hosts allow = 127. 192. 10.

Create a section for your share

#============================ Share Definitions ==============================

[homes]
        comment = Home Directories
        browseable = yes
        writable = yes
;       valid users = %S
;       valid users = MYDOMAIN\%S

[swright]
        path=/home/swright
        writeable=yes
        browseable=yes
        valid users=swright

Set your SAMBA password

I usually just make this the same password as my Linux user account

smbpasswd -a swright

Restart the SAMBA Services

service smb restart

service nmb restart

Test the Config File

testparm

You should see something like:

[root@localhost ~]# testparm
Load smb config files from /etc/samba/smb.conf
rlimit_max: increasing rlimit_max (1024) to minimum Windows limit (16384)
Processing section "[homes]"
Processing section "[printers]"
Processing section "[swright]"
Loaded services file OK.
Server role: ROLE_STANDALONE
Press enter to see a dump of your service definitions

[global]
        workgroup = WORKGROUP
        server string = Samba Server Version %v
        interfaces = lo, eth0
        log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
        max log size = 50
        idmap config * : backend = tdb
        cups options = raw

[homes]
        comment = Home Directories
        read only = No

[printers]
        comment = All Printers
        path = /var/spool/samba
        printable = Yes
        print ok = Yes
        browseable = No

[swright]
        path = /home/swright
        valid users = swright
        read only = No

Issues

One big issue that I run into is due to some conflicts with Network Manager in CentOS 6. NMB will try to start before the network is ready and so fails. Here is a thread about it: http://forums.fedoraforum.org/archive/index.php/t-290347.html

I just shut off the Network Manager using the GUI. I am sure there is a better way to do it though. Will post later.

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