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I am now ready to use the server I have been planning.
On the advice of many I have used Ubuntu Server without a GUI, but have installed webmin to assist with the configuration.
Firstly I want to setup windows user authentication. I want users to have their own private drive which can be mapped to their /home/<user> directory. Then I to setup a shared drive which can be access by all, mapped to /home/shared.
For the purely samba side, smb and nmb will suffice. I use CentOS, not Ubuntu as a rule, and with that, starting samba starts both of those, whereas on other distros I don't believe that is the case.
You'll also want cups for you printers, plus the general services to run your system, such as syslog. Without knowing exactly what Ubuntu runs, and what else you may want to do, it's a pretty tough question to answer. For example, you probably want ntp or similar running, but it's not absolutely necessary (that's the network time protocol service), but you will need networking.
I suspect you are really asking what additional services do you need, and the answer is in the first line above.