[Samba] Is Samba supposed to work like this?

Matt_Fries at cbca.com Matt_Fries at cbca.com
Tue Aug 17 09:01:03 MDT 2010

I have Samba 3.0.33-3.28.el5 running on a CentOS 5.5 server. The samba 
server is added as a Member server of our Windows 2003 AD, and winbind is 
working OK. 

I have a question about the assigning of permissions via the Windows XP 
file/folder properties dialog. 

My background is mainly in Windows, but I do grasp the concept of UNIX 
file permissions. When I attempt to modify the permissions on a folder 
that is in the share folder, the behavior isn't the same as it would be as 
if I were doing this on a Windows machine. If my user ID is not the UNIX 
OWNER of the share folder, then any attempt I make to change permissions 
gives me an access denied message. The permissions on the share are 775. 

Once I am the owner of the share, When I attempt to add a Windows ACE to 
the ACL, and give it full permissions, and click the Apply button, the 
entry remains, but the checkboxes for the permissions have all been 
cleared. I cannot get the permissions to "Stick". Also, the permissions in 
the "security" tab are not always listed for a given Access Control Entry. 
All the checkboxes are blank, except for the "Special Permissions" box. I 
would think that If I granted ALL access to the ACE, then it should show 
all the boxes as checked without me having to go into the advanced screen. 

Is SAMBA supposed to be this different from how a Windows server would 
react, or is there something just not configured right in samba? 

Is there some sort of recommended "best practices" for configuring samba 
so it DOES work like a windows server? 

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