Samba Share – Installing SAMBA on CentOS 6 – Shared and Network Storage

By | January 13, 2016

Installing SAMBA on CentOS 6 – Map Network Drive, Shared Storage, Network Storage

Samba is a Linux tool which enables a Windows (or other Linux) user, to mount a remote drive from a Linux Server onto their Windows machine, creating you a local samba share mount point.

There are various uses for this, maybe you are running out of space on your local pc but have plenty space on a linux server on your local network or elsewhere that you want to utilise as if it was local. Or maybe you are looking to backup your local files somewhere remotely, then Samba is your new friend !!

Installation of Samba – Network Samba Share

First you need to install the software, and make it auto start on server reboot.

yum install samba samba-client samba-common

chkconfig smb on
chkconfig nmb on

Configuration of Samba

Take a backup copy of the original samba config file and then create your configuration

cp /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf.bak
rm /etc/samba/smb.conf
touch /etc/samba/smb.conf
vi /etc/samba/smb.conf

Cut and paste the following basic config into your smb.conf which will create you a shared area called storage01 in /home/samba/storage01

#======================= Global Settings =====================================
workgroup = WORKGROUP
security = user
map to guest = bad user
#============================ Share Definitions ==============================
path = /home/samba/storage01
browsable =yes
writable = yes
guest ok = no
valid users = @smbgrp

Create your shared storage area (rename this to whatever you put in the path in smb.conf)

mkdir -p /home/samba/storage01

Add a user and group (from smb.conf) that will be used to access the shared area, and add the user into the smbgrp

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useradd sambashare
groupadd smbgrp
usermod -a -G smbgrp sambashare

Set a password for your new samba user

smbpasswd -a sambashare

Set permissions on your shared storage area to your samba user/group

chown -R sambashare:smbgrp /home/samba/storage01
chmod -R 0770 /home/samba/storage01

Restart SAMBA to take effect your config changes

service smb restart
service nmb restart

And run a test to ensure you entered the configuration correctly


Mount your new shared area on your local pc

Now to make your new area accessible from your local pc….

Open My Computer so you see your standard list of drives. Click on the Map Network Drive button –

Samba - map network drive

Samba – map network drive – Samba Share

Now enter the path in the following format –


The servername can be hostname or ip address, and the mountname is what you put in smb.conf ([storage01] – so here in the config file above it would be storage01)

You need to click the ‘connect using different credentials’ tick box, and then put in the samba user and password you created above –

Samba - map drive path and user details - Samba Share

Samba – map drive path and user details – Samba Share

When you click Finish your new drive should connect and appear in your list of drives.

For more information about Samba including more advanced configuration check out the official Samba website HERE

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