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I have been trying to setup samba for some filesharing with windows machines and have been having some crazy trouble. So I was wondering if there are any good FREE sambe alternatives that provide basic file sharing between linux and windows.
I have to concour with pljvaldez that samba is the way to go , what I would recomend is installing webmin and it will help make all the configuration a little easier you might also want to check out this tutorial
Samba is the best option. There are thousands of Samba servers being used for serious file serving by lots of business and individuals, many of them installed to replace Windows servers on Windows networks.
Maybe if you tried explaining your problems, we could help resolve them.
Right, it seems i get a lot more response in this forum then my usual support forum about samba so perhaps there is more help on this here.
I have been going back and forth with samba for a week now trying to get a simple share to work. Nothing special, i just want windows machines to be able to access the share without the need of a username and password. I think with all the changes I have done over the past days i don't know if im coming or going anymore.
So perhaps someone can direct me or help me out on how to do this. I have webmin and swat setup but I seem to keep getting hung up on users and permissions.
So heres what im trying to achive
- multiple shares that I can access through multiple windows machines without any need of username/password.
- Don't want to have to mount the drive. I want to be able to access the shares via network places
- I want everyone to have read/write permissions on all folders/shares/files available through the shares
- I don't mind if the windows users have root access
I had yum installed samba on centos5. Treat me like a newb, as I am.
Is there a way to tell if SELinux is the problem? I don't even know what it is. I have installed Centos with minimum (1 cd install). Ill be setting up a comf shortly as I have just diverted back to another setup.