Article 55 - How to Setup Samba Filesystem on Ubuntu

The Samba Filesystem is a great way to network file sharing between Windows and Ubuntu computers.

Installing and Setting up Samba

To setup Samba on Ubuntu, you need to install smbfs. So issue the familar "sudo apt-get install smbd smbfs" command.

After installing Samba, you need to edit the samba configuration file. We will explain the basic setup procedures but there are many more configuration variables that you can adjust.

You need to edit the file /etc/samba/smbfs.conf and add the following variables at the end of the configuration file.

[share]
path = ~/
browsable = yes
guest ok = yes
read only = no
Don't forget to restart the Samba server using, "sudo /etc/init.d/smbd restart".

Testing Samba on Windows and Ubuntu

On Windows, you can enter the server address into Windows Explorer. For example, if your Samba Server is located at 192.168.0.100, then in Windows Explorer, enter "\\192.168.0.100".

On Ubuntu, connecting to the same Samba server, you need to enter "smb://192.168.0.100" in Nautilus, which is Ubuntu's Window Explorer.

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