[Samba] smb.conf for around 2500 users

steve steve at steve-ss.com
Mon Jul 2 09:39:34 MDT 2012

Samba4 with Linux and Windows clients wanting to get the same home 
folder data.

A college has students arranged with Linux home directories according to 
which year they belong to and which class within that year, a or b or 
whatever, they belong to e.g.:

To get at the same data on windows, I was thinking of a share for each 
of the classes e.g.
path = /home2/students/year7/year7a
read only = No
browsable = No
path = /home2/students/year13/year13a
read only = No
browsable = No

and mapping a drive letter to the share e.g.
map Z: to \\server\year7a\%USERNAME%

That would make lots of shares but would make it readable to non admins.

Is there a limit on the number of shares per installation?
Any other ideas of how to go about it? e.g. I thought about OU's but we 
do not want to administer from Windows.


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