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Old 02-27-2006, 06:07 PM   #1
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linux shares accessed by windows users

I am interested in installing a linux server(probably fedora core 4) at one of our remote sites. I have a Windows 2003 server at the site. I want the Linux server to be just a file and print server. I also want my windows users to access these file shares without being prompted for a password. Is this possible and if so can someone point me in the right directions.

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I got the linux server added to my AD. If I create a linux user that matches my windows user I can access the share after entering my windows username and password. Do I have to add a username on my linux box that matches my windows username. This is a problem since we will have 40 or 50 people accessing the linux share.

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Looks like a Samba issue here. If Linux/Samba-based security for accessing the share isn't an issue (and I'm imagining it isn't since you're using Active Directory), then you should just be able to make the share and your printer(s) public. I'm not too familiar with CUPS and what-not for printing in Linux, but I can help you with making the Samba share public.

You'll need to create/edit the smb.conf file (the main Samba configuration file). I'd would just move the pre-existing smb.conf file somewhere else and start new; it has too many things in it you don't need for your setup. The default location for this file in FC4 is /etc/samba/smb.conf.

Create the smb.conf file like this:

workgroup name = workgroup
netbios name = server_name
security = share
printcap name = cups
disable spoolss = Yes
show add printer wizard = No
printing = cups

comment = public_share
path = path_to_share_mount (i.e.: "/data")
read only = no
guest ok = yes
force create mode = 0777
force directory = 0777

#End of File

That should do you just fine. If you don't want people to be able to write to the server, except the owner, then you can change the "read only" switch to "yes". The "force create mode" and "force directory mode" will force any files written to the share to have those permissions. They're not necessary if you make this server read-only.

For more info about printing in Samba, you could check out




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