Setting Up A Samba Server On CentOS

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Follow these steps to setup a Samba server on CentOS 7. You can learn about samba here. In this example, we are sharing a directory called “/homeShare” from our CentOS VM.

To Resolve:

  1. Open a terminal – type:
# Install software needed
sudo yum install -y samba samba-commons cups-libs policycoreutils-python samba-client

# Create a group for smb users
sudo groupadd family
sudo chgrp -R family /homeShare
sudo chmod -R 770 /homeShare

# Change selinux settings
sudo chcon -R -t samba_share_t /homeShare/
sudo semanage fcontext -a -t samba_share_t /homeShare/
sudo setsebool -P samba_enable_home_dirs on

# Create a user for smb purposes. This is the user that will access the share from other comptuers.
sudo useradd smb
sudo usermod -G family smb
sudo smbpasswd -a smb

# Make sure to make any local users part of the group if you want them to have access to the share
sudo usermod -G family gerry
sudo usermod -G family root

# One thing that took me over an hour to figure out is you have log out and back in for it to take effect!!

# Now we modify the config
cd /etc/samba/
sudo cp -p smb.conf smb.conf.orig
sudo vi /etc/samba/smb.conf

# Change workgroup to your Windows workgroup name. Add the hosts interfaces that will use the server and then the networks on those NICs. 
# Then allow anything on whatever subnets you want to limit them to:

Workgroup = windows workgroup
interfaces = lo enp0s3
hosts allow = 127. 192.168.0.

# Now scroll down to your share name
comment = shared-directory
path = /homeShare
public = no
valid users = smb, @family
writable = yes
browseable = yes
create mask = 0765

# Save and exit

# Now we need to make sure the following services are running:
sudo vi /etc/services

# Look for and add if missing (shouldn't be, but I don't set these up all the time so some may be):
netbios-ns    137/tcp    # netbios name service
netbios-ns    137/udp    # netbios name service
netbios-dgm    138/tcp    # netbios datagram service
netbios-dgm    138/udp    # netbios datagram service
netbios-ssn    139/udp    # netbios session service
netbios-ssn    139/udp    # netbios session service

# Now just start the services and enable them for startup
sudo systemctl start smb.service
sudo systemctl start nmb.service
sudo systemctl enable smb.service
sudo systemctl enable nmb.service

# Add firewall rules
sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-rich-rule='rule family="ipv4" source address="" service name="samba" log prefix="samba" level="info" limit value="1/m" accept'
sudo firewall-cmd --reload
  1. To access from Windows:

2a. Run:


2b. Enter prompts for the username and password, should be “smb/whatever you set”

2c. To map the Samba server share as a network drive either create it through My Computer manually, or right click on the share and select “map network drive”.

  1. To access from Linux

#smbclient must be installed on your system, if it isn’t then install it.

3a. Open terminal – type:

smbclient -L \\ -U test

NOTE: The IP address is that of the Samba server and the “test” is the user account. It will prompt for a password after running that command.

3b. To mount it, just type:

mount -t cifs // -o username=test /mnt/
# Enter password

NOTE: This maps the same Samba share with the same user to the “/mnt/” directory.

3c. In some distro’s you can browse Samba shares just by opening their file explorers and typing “smb://” in the address bar.