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What is Samba?

Samba Logo Samba is an implementation of the Server Message Block (SMB)/Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol for Unix systems, providing support for cross-platform file and printer sharing with Microsoft Windows, OS X, and other Unix systems.

Samba can be used to:

  • Act as a server for SMB clients: share folders and printers, including PDF pseudo-printers so all the computers in your network may write PDF files
  • Act as a domain controller in a Windows network (authenticating users, etc.)
  • Do some more complex things, such as using a Windows domain controller to authenticate the users of a Linux/UNIX machine

Samba is freely available under the GNU General Public License. More information be found at

General Samba Guides

Samba and Active Directory

Samba and LDAP

Samba File and Print


The first thing you should do, before looking into your conf files, is ensure that the directory you are sharing actually exists.

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Samba (last edited 2015-03-30 11:56:21 by penalvch)