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This is for a peer-to-peer setup. Most of this information came from stormbringer in vienna austria (link to the right) who appearently has a whole lot more experience with samba than I do. It is posted here only for my personal notes for those times when I am diconnected from the internet and am forced to rely on my intranet.

CREATED 2013-01-02 09:58:29.0


UPDATED 2013-01-02 09:58:34.0

Install samba

First things first: Get a copy of samba if it isn't already installed.

sudo apt-get install samba

Not sure? Try stopping it first.

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UPDATED 2013-01-02 09:58:33.0

Stopping samba...

Once installed it will be running, stop it!.

sudo /etc/init.d/samba stop

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UPDATED 2013-01-01 13:40:53.0

Configure it...

Next get rid of the old config file at /etc/samba/smb.conf. Then create a new one...

sudo touch smb.conf

Now add the following sections as needed.

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UPDATED 2021-04-29 18:25:44.0

This section gives access to the home folders. Symlinks will not work and the permissions must be set correctly.

valid users = %S
create mode = 0600
directory mode = 0755
browseable = no
read only = no
veto files = /*.{*}/.*/mail/bin/

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UPDATED 2021-04-29 18:28:30.0

To access printers add this section ...

path = /var/lib/samba/printers
browseable = yes
guest ok = yes
read only = yes
write list = root
create mask = 0664
directory mask = 0775
[printers] path = /tmp printable = yes guest ok = yes browseable = no

CREATED 2013-01-01 13:30:09.0


UPDATED 2021-04-29 18:30:45.0

Create a Trust Account

To create a trust account you need to create a user account on the primary domain controller for the machine that needs the trust account. Then add that machine as a user to SAMBA. Machine accounts are denoted by suffixing the machine (netbios) name with a $.

To add a user account on the PDC:

useradd -d /dev/null - s /bin/false -c "[MachineNickname" -g [GroupIdForMachines] -m [MachineName]$

  • -d /dev/null sets the home directory to the bit bucket
  • -s /bin/false sets no shell
  • -c [MachineNickname] is the nick name is what you call the machine e.g. the computer next to the beer fridge.
  • -g [GroupIdForMachines] is the group id the machine accounts are in. Look at /etc/group to find this out.
  • -m indicates not to create a home directory
  • [MachineName] is the netbios name of the machine.

Machine accounts have no password.

Next create an account in SAMBA

smbpasswd -a -m [MachineName]$

  • -a means add the record
  • -m indicates that this account is a machine accont

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