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I am trying to get samba working on centOS... I installed it via Yum, changed the samba config file to:

        path = /var/www/html/
        public = no
        writable = yes
        printable = no
        create mask = 0765
        valid users = username

Restarted samba and it did nothing.. the windows network is not seeing the share at all. I realize there is most likely something I am missing but I have always done it with the GUI, but unable to do that this time.. Any pointers?

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You can use testparm -v to test and see the parameters. Maybe browsable is set to no.

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It only shows path = /var/www/html/ read only = No guest ok = Yes – Greg Alexander Aug 4 '11 at 21:52
But even if I add new params and restart smb, it doesn't take – Greg Alexander Aug 4 '11 at 21:53

To configure the server:

mkdir /samba
chmod a+w /samba
yum install samba -y
vim /etc/samba/smb.conf 


comment = Only users
path = /samba
public = yes
writable = yes
printable = no
write list = +staff


service smb restart

Possible permissions:

  • browseable=yes ->we CAN see the shared dir
  • browseable=no -> we CANNOT see the shared dir
  • public=yes ->Allows anonymous Login
  • public=no ->Stops anonymous Login
  • writable = no ->uploading is denied for BOTH the users.
  • writable = yes ->uploading is allowed for BOTH the users
  • hosts allow= ->Allow only ip to access share, other ips are denied

Client commands:

  • smbclient -L // ->List directories shared
  • smbclient // ->Anonymous Login
  • smbclient // -U u1 ->Non Anonymous Login
  • get <file>
  • put <file>


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Tried adding

browseable = yes

Under valid users ?

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