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Samba allows you to access network drives on Windows computers from your Linux computer and to provide network drives for Windows computer on your Linux computer. If your computer accesses a network drive, you are using the Samba client. If you provide a network drive on your computer, you are running the Samba server.


Mounting a network drive

You are on a Linux computer and want to mount a Windows computer's shared drive. To do this, open a console and type

mount -o username=user,password=password //computer/share /mountpoint

Here you replace user by your user name, password by your password, computer by your computer's name, share by your share's name and /mountpoint by your mountpoint, e.g. /mnt/samba. Note that your mountpoint has to be an existing directory.

Providing a network drive

In this chapter we discuss how to provide a network drive that is accessible for everyone in the network. Make sure /etc/samba/smb.conf contains the following:

	security = share

	comment = Temporary file space
	path = /tmp
	read only = no
	public = yes

Then do a

/etc/init.d/smb restart

Then mount the tmp share

mount //localhost/tmp /mnt/smb


If you get

mount error 13 = Permission denied

You may have to add the samba user for the mount. Like this:

smbpasswd -a root

See also