How to install and configure Samba in Centos /RHEL
It provides shared services for files and printers between different computers in a local area network.The SMB protocol is a client/server protocol through which clients can access shared file systems, printers, and other resources on the server. By setting “NetBIOS over TCP/IP”, Samba can not only share resources with LAN hosts, but also share resources with computers around the world.
Here i am using centos 7 system as server and windows 10 as client
Before you proceed to configure samba, make sure the Windows machine is in the same workgroup to be configured on the CentOS server.
There are two possible ways to view the Windows machine workgroup settings:
- Right clicking on “This PC” or “My Computer” → Properties → Advanced system settings → Computer Name
- Alternatively, open the cmd prompt and run the following command, then look for “workstation domain” in the output as shown below
net config workstation
Step 1: Install samba server
[root@lampblogs ~]# yum install samba samba-client samba-common
Samba configuration file path /etc/samba/smb.conf, make a backup before modifying.
[root@lampblogs ~]# cp /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf.orig
Then empty samba.conf by below command
[root@lampblogs ~]# cat /dev/null > /etc/samba/smb.conf or [root@lampblogs ~]# echo " " > /etc/samba/smb.conf
Step2 : configuring samba
[root@lampblogs ~]# vi /etc/samba/smb.conf
Enter the following to the configuration file smb.conf
[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 = /srv/samba/anonymous browsable =yes writable = yes guest ok = yes read only = no force user = nobody
This configuration will first create a directory anonymouse that anyone can read and write.
[root@lampblogs ~]# mkdir -p /srv/samba/anonymous [root@lampblogs ~]# chmod -R 0775 /srv/samba/anonymous [root@lampblogs ~]# chown -R nobody:nobody /srv/samba/anonymous
Finally, start and enable samba services to start automatically at next boot and also apply the above changes to take effect.
[root@lampblogs ~]# systemctl enable smb.service [root@lampblogs ~]# systemctl enable nmb.service [root@lampblogs ~]# systemctl restart smb.service [root@lampblogs ~]# systemctl restart nmb.service
If selinux is enabled, enter the following command to allow SELinux to be used for samba configuration.
[root@lampblogs ~]# chcon -t samba_share_t /srv/samba/anonymous
Test on windows computer to confirm anonymous read and write.
Step 3: Setup secure file sharing
First start by creating a samba system group, then add users to the group and set a password for each user.
[root@lampblogs ~]# groupadd smbgrp [root@lampblogs ~]# useradd lampblogs -G smbgrp [root@lampblogs ~]# smbpasswd -a lampblogs
Then create a secure directory where the shared files will be kept and set the appropriate permissions on the directory with SELinux security context for the samba
[root@lampblogs ~]# mkdir -p /srv/samba/secure [root@lampblogs ~]# chmod -R 0770 /srv/samba/secure [root@lampblogs ~]# chown -R root:smbgrp /srv/samba/secure [root@lampblogs ~]# chcon -t samba_share_t /srv/samba/secure
Then edit /etc/samba/smb.conf and add the following to the end of the file.
[secure] path = /srv/samba/secure valid users = @smbgrp guest ok = no writable = yes browsable = yes
Restart Samba services to apply the changes.
[root@lampblogs ~]# systemctl restart smb.service [root@lampblogs ~]# systemctl restart nmb.service
Test on windows computer, open secure will prompt for username and password
Now, goto any windows client system.ClickStart -> Run. Enter the samba server IP as shown below.
Double click to open the secure share. You’ll be asked to enter the user name and password to access the share.
and click on ok.Now you can access secure shared folder and samba server is ready to use on centos 7 server.