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How to Install and Connect to a Samba Share on CentOS 7

Are you looking for a way to share files between different computers on your network? Samba is a free and open-source software that allows you to share files, printers, and other resources between Linux and Windows machines.

In this article, we will walk you through the installation and configuration of Samba on CentOS 7, as well as show you how to connect to a Samba share from a Linux machine.

Installing Samba on CentOS 7

Before we begin, you will need to have sudo privileges on your CentOS 7 machine. This will allow you to install and configure Samba.

To install Samba, open a terminal window and enter the following command:

sudo yum install samba samba-client

This will install the necessary Samba packages on your system.

Configuring Firewall

After Samba has been installed, you will need to configure your firewall to allow Samba traffic through. To do this, use the firewall-cmd command:

sudo firewall-cmd –add-service=samba –permanent

sudo firewall-cmd –reload

Creating Samba Users and Directory Structure

Next, you will need to create a Samba user and a directory to share. To create a Samba user, use the useradd command:

sudo useradd sambashare

Next, you will need to set a password for the user using the smbpasswd command:

sudo smbpasswd -a sambashare

To create a directory to share, you can use the mkdir command:

sudo mkdir /home/sambashare

Finally, you will need to set the appropriate permissions on the directory using the chmod command:

sudo chmod 777 /home/sambashare

Configuring Samba Shares

Now that you have created a Samba user and a shared directory, you will need to configure Samba to allow access to that directory. To do this, you will need to edit the smb.conf file:

sudo vi /etc/samba/smb.conf

In the [global] section, you can set options such as the workgroup name, server string, and security settings.

For example:

workgroup = MYGROUP

server string = Samba Server %v

security = user

Next, you will need to define your shares. In the [homes] section, you can define shares for each Samba user.

For example:

[homes]

comment = Home Directories

browseable = no

read only = no

create mask = 0700

directory mask = 0700

Under the [homes] section, you can create your own custom shares. You can define the share name, path to the shared directory, and options such as the valid users, browseable, read only, force create mode, and force directory mode.

For example:

[myshare]

comment = My Custom Share

path = /home/sambashare

valid users = sambashare

browseable = yes

read only = no

force create mode = 0664

force directory mode = 2775

After you have made changes to the smb.conf file, save and close it.

Connecting to a Samba Share from Linux

Once you have configured Samba and created a shared directory, you can connect to the Samba share from a Linux machine.

Using the smbclient client

To connect to a Samba share using the smbclient client, open a terminal window and enter the following command:

smbclient //samba-server/myshare -U sambashare

This will prompt you for the password for the sambashare user. After entering the password, you will be able to browse the contents of the shared directory.

Mounting the Samba share

To mount a Samba share, you will need to install the cifs-utils package by entering the following command:

sudo yum install cifs-utils

Next, create a mount point directory for your Samba share, for example:

sudo mkdir /mnt/sambashare

Finally, mount the Samba share using the mount command and specify the path to the shared directory, the mount point directory, and the username and password for the Samba user. For example:

sudo mount -t cifs //samba-server/myshare /mnt/sambashare -o username=sambashare,password=your_password

Using GUI

You can also connect to a Samba share using the GUI. Open the Files application and click on Other Locations in the left-hand panel.

In the Connect to Server dialog box, enter the following information:

Server: samba-server

Share: myshare

Username: sambashare

Password: your_password

After entering the login credentials, you will be able to access the files in the Samba share.

Conclusion

In this article, we have shown you how to install and configure Samba on CentOS 7, as well as how to connect to a Samba share from a Linux machine. With Samba, you can easily share files, printers, and other resources between Linux and Windows machines on your network.

We hope this article has been informative and helpful for you to use Samba in your own projects.

Connecting to a Samba Share from macOS

If you are a macOS user and need to access a Samba share on your network, it is easy to do with the Finder application. Here’s how:

1.

Open the Finder application. 2.

Click on the “Go” menu at the top of the screen and select “Connect to Server.”

3. In the Connect to Server dialog box, enter the server address for the Samba share in the following format:

smb://server_address/share_name

For example, if the server address is 192.168.1.100 and the share name is “Documents,” the address would be:

smb://192.168.1.100/Documents

4.

Click on the “+” button to add the Samba share to your favorites, making it easier to access in the future. 5.

Enter your registered Samba user credentials, including the username and password. 6.

Select the “Remember this password in my keychain” option for convenience. 7.

Click on the “Connect” button to access the Samba share. You can now browse and access the files in the Samba share using the Finder application.

Connecting to a Samba Share from Windows

If you are a Windows user, you can access a Samba share using the File Explorer application. Here’s how:

1.

Open File Explorer and go to the “This PC” section. 2.

Click on the “Map network drive” button at the top of the screen. 3.

In the “Map Network Drive” dialog box, select “Connect to a web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures.”

4. Select the “Choose a custom network location” option and click on the “Next” button.

5. In the “Internet or network address” field, enter the server address for the Samba share in the following format:

\server_addressshare_name

For example, if the server address is 192.168.1.100 and the share name is “Documents,” the address would be:

\192.168.1.100Documents

6.

Enter your Samba user credentials, including the username and password. 7.

Select the “Remember my credentials” option for convenience. 8.

Click on the “Finish” button to access the Samba share. You can now access the files in the Samba share using the File Explorer application.

The Samba share will also appear in the “This PC” section for quick access in the future.

Customizing the Network Location Name

By default, the Samba share will appear in File Explorer with the server address and share name as the network location name. However, you can customize the name for convenience.

Here’s how:

1. Right-click on the Samba share in File Explorer and select “Properties.”

2.

In the “Properties” dialog box, select the “General” tab. 3.

In the “General” tab, change the “Name” field to a custom name of your choice. 4.

Click on the “OK” button to save the changes. You will now see the custom name for the Samba share in File Explorer.

This makes it easier to identify the network location when accessing it in the future.

Conclusion

Connecting to a Samba share on your network is easy whether you are a macOS or Windows user. Using the Finder and File Explorer applications, you can access Samba shares using the appropriate server address, share name, and login credentials.

Additionally, you can customize the network location name for convenience. With Samba, you can easily share files, printers, and other resources between Linux, macOS, and Windows machines on your network.

In this article, we covered how to install and configure Samba on CentOS 7 and how to connect to a Samba share from Linux, macOS, and Windows machines. With Samba, users can share files, printers, and other resources between different operating systems on a network.

Through step-by-step instructions and clear explanations, we demonstrated how to set up Samba and customize network location names. The main takeaway is that Samba is a powerful tool for network file sharing and can help users easily transfer files and collaborate with others across multiple operating systems.

Overall, by following the instructions outlined in this article, users can successfully implement Samba on their networks.

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