March 5, 2010

a short guide to enable samba server on Ubuntu

1. sudo apt-get install samba
2. sudo vi /etc/samba/smb.conf, look for [homes] and uncomment the following lines starting with [homes], change browserable to yes and readonly to no
comment = Home Directories
browseable = yes

# By default, the home directories are exported read-only. Change the
# next parameter to 'no' if you want to be able to write to them.
read only = no

3. give samba user a password by doing:
sudo  smbpasswd -a USERNAME

4. reload samba conf file by doing:
sudo /etc/init.d/samba reload

On Windows Explorer, type \\UBUNTU_IP_ADDRESS\USERNAME to see the share.

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