[Samba] smb.conf for around 2500 users

steve steve at steve-ss.com
Mon Jul 2 15:09:45 MDT 2012

On 02/07/12 21:17, Matthieu Patou wrote:
> On 07/02/2012 08:39 AM, steve wrote:
>> Samba4 with Linux and Windows clients wanting to get the same home
>> folder data.
>> Hi
>> 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.:
>> /home2/students/year7/year7a/student1
>> /home2/students/year7/year7a/student2
>> ...
>> ...
>> /home2/students/year13/year13a/student2500
>> To get at the same data on windows, I was thinking of a share for each
>> of the classes e.g.
>> [year7a]
>> path = /home2/students/year7/year7a
>> read only = No
>> browsable = No
>> ...
>> ...
>> [year13a]
>> 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.

> Did you thought about making a new directory ie.
> /home2/students/data with a link to each real user and then sharing data
> like that
> [data]
> path = /home2/students/data
> read only = No
> browsable = No
> And then use ADUC or ldbedit to specify the connect to attribute and set
> it to \\servername\data\%username%

Hi Matthieu,
That looks promising. Will cifs symlink, or are we still at ext4 level here?

Are you saying that a real student e.g.
has a symlink in
Would that be e.g. for student steve:
ln -s /home2/students/year7/year7a/steve /home2/students/data/steve
(or is the link the other way around?)

All students then have a link in
irrespective of which class they are in.

For all students, I then map, e.g.  Z:

Am I close?

Cheers and thanks for your patience.

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