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That will guide you through the configuration and give you well more than enough information about it. You can also use the GUI configuration tool included when you install samba. You also need to configure your firewall to allow smb and nmb through.
I know, I'm 'old(-fashioned)', I like the CLI. But you're right, if you show him both ways, that is if he has a graphical environment installed on whatever distro he's using, then you can indicate how to use the GUI to obtain the same result. I'm sure that if he doesn't know where (terminal) to execute these commands, OP will ask.
Hey man, I'm old fashioned too..... I thought the same way about the OP though, so that's why I said what I have said. And for the record, figuring you can relate to this... Emacs is too new school; Vim all the way?
Depends if I'm on a lazy day or not, vim or nano. I know, huge difference, but if I'm lazy nano is very 'easy going' on the fingers. Never quite used emacs, seems to have lots of options and 'power' functions but never tried them.
But besides thread jacking... I do believe that the newer guys getting involved with linux should learn both CLI and GUI so they understand what happens behind the scenes when they click on something, and also so they understand what and why is being done. I personally condone to using CLI. I use the CLI 500 times more than the GUI...
I for one never install a graphical environment on a server, never. Only the CLI gets used on servers I install. My 'non' server machines do have GUI installed, mostly Gnome, but I find myself turning to the CLI a lot for configuration. Now, let's get back on the subject and see if OP gets back to us with some info.
This is a shot in the dark, but maybe it will help:
In addition to putting the paths to the shared directories in samba.conf, you must also configure the directories to be shared. Both the path must be in Samba and the directory must be configured as shared.
Configuring directories as shared is easiest to do in a graphical file manager such as Konqueror or Nautilus by accessing "sharing" through the right-click or properties dialog.