Okay, have either of you gotten any success with Samba?
If not, where in the article are you running into issues?
It's been over a year since I set up a Samba server and I just got mine up and running in about 45 minutes. After installing a newer version of my OS.
One item that I found helps a LOT is once you get your server configured and it's working and life is good execute the following:
$cp /etc/samba/smb.conf /home/config/etc/samba/smb.conf
And I'd recommend doing this with ANY configuration file you have to tweak - back that sucker up. Makes reconfiguring it after an OS failure much easier. Not perfect, but easier.