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Old 11-27-2012, 11:24 AM   #1
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Quick start tips

Hi, I am new to Linux. I've done a couple thousand Novell NetWare installs, and am now jump-starting into Ubuntu.

I am putting together a new Ubuntu server for filesharing, and some application hosting. This is a sandbox to work in prior to rolling out some similar servers for production in a small company. I have no other servers in our environment, each of our 8-12 users has their own files on their computers (windows/macs)

My Ubuntu 10.04.4 server is up and running. I am still facing the following:
Setting up users and groups - need them to get to "their" shared files, but not to "all files"
Setting up Samba for file sharing for each of the groups
Configuring access so users can only go to where they are "allowed" by group, but protecting the corporate leadership's data (one example)

Is there a GUI based tool I can use to layout my directory structures, and give group rights?

Seeking a couple tips/guidelines/simple outline of overview to get this done...

Thank you,
Brett Mason

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Old 11-27-2012, 12:17 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!

Since you will need to set up a network with windows clients you shall get familiar with Samba. Get familiar now with this tutorial. Here you can control shares and their access rights.

Concerning file permissions these are basic *nix concept, all you need is to get familiar with unix/gnu principles. Here are few but good tutorials you can download at your choice.

There are also documentations in your /usr/share/doc folders for particular topics. And about shell commands you have always "manual pages" just type in the terminal ~$ man <command here> and the pages will open.

Hope that helps.

Good luck.

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Old 11-27-2012, 02:28 PM   #3
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Just finished the Easy Samba Setup tutorial - thank you! Tomorrow morning at the shop, I plan to simply do the very same Samba exercise...

Couple questions (although I can get there by trial and error too)
1. Does adding users to Samba assume the user is already created on the server level? (I assume yes),
2. Can I configure some users into a group (like my marketing team), and then simply grant SMB rights to groups as a whole?

Thank you for your guidance above, already proving helpful...

Best regards,


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