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. This example has been tested with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and Windows Enterprise Server 2008 but should work same or similar with any distribution.
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:
[global] security = share [tmp] comment = Temporary file space path = /tmp read only = no public = yes
Then do a
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