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Using SAMBA to access Unix file system from windows

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John Ferro
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Using SAMBA to access Unix file system from windows


I have HP-UX V2 and i would like to access Unix file system from my windows xp desktop. exactly i want gui based samba tool to do that.

I need exactly steps i should follow to have an access.

Lijeesh N G_1
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Re: Using SAMBA to access Unix file system from windows

Rita C Workman
Honored Contributor

Re: Using SAMBA to access Unix file system from windows

It's been a long time since I set up SAMBA, so I may miss something..

Confirm you have software loaded.
Next read the information on smb.conf, because there are alot of options you can define. That is something you'll have to figure out for your shop. Remember that the "#" and the ";" both are viewed on a line as rem'ing out the line.

To me it was just a matter of setting up the smb.conf file (/etc/opt/smb.conf).
It's under the ====Share Definitions==== that you create your remote file system definition. Let's say you want to create a share for accounts payable (AP), it might look like this:

comment = ABC Company Accts Payable
path = /apps/ap/path/
public = yes
browseable = yes
; valid users = %u
guest ok = yes
writeable = yes

OK..path is the HPUX file system path to where you want them to go. I made this one browseable, guest allowed and writeable. I even put in valid users - but you notice I left the line but decided to rem it out.

To start Samba it's just:
To stop Samba it's just:
To check status it's just:

On the Windows PC you would:
Right click Start/Explore/
From top toolbar
Click Tools
Click Map Network Drive
Pick an open drive number (after H)

Make sure your files have permission set for 'world' to (r)ead on your box.

Now...that leaves alot out though. Those options at the start of smb.conf and security. Here, I removed the extra security because our folks at the point of getting into their PC have already jumped through 2 levels of security access. When they hit the SAMBA connection they do a ONE time user/password = guest/. And they never have to do it again. Your shop may require something else.

Hope this gives you a basic start, and I'm sure others will lend you a hand with the rest.

Kindest regards,
Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: Using SAMBA to access Unix file system from windows


A short discussion on your options.

security = user
smbpasswd is used to set up the smbpasswd file. User must exist local. smbpasswd -a username

security = domain
# An option to integrate into a windows domain.

security = ads
# Sometimes problematic integration designed to get user authentication from a windows ADS server. The Windows ADS server needs to be fully patched.

Steven E Protter
Owner of ISN Corporation