[Samba] Windows drive mapping using alternate port

David Bear dwbear75 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 6 14:49:48 MST 2014

Well, it doesn't address making samba and smb based file sharing work over
the whole internet, but you may consider using webdav and exposing the
samba shares your remote users need via that protocol. It's not smb-like --
but the windows explorer does work okay 'mounting' a webdav share.

On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 1:04 PM, Kris Springer <kspringer at innovateteam.com>wrote:

> I've got 50 remote users possibly doubling in the next year.  The idea is
> to
> map a drive that they have easy and constant access to.  If I tell everyone
> to VPN then the traffic on my server's network will go through the roof
> since all traffic for everyone will route through the VPN and not their
> local networks for regular internet use.  Skype would become unusable as
> well as a few other things.  A VPN would be ideal if it were only a few
> users that accessed the shares intermittently, but for 50+ users with
> constant access it's not really feasible.  Is this starting to sound like a
> situation where remote access just isn't going to work?  Is Samba simply a
> local file sharing server that isn't really useful in today's remote world?
> Is there some other alternative that someone could suggest?
> Kris
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Günter Kukkukk [mailto:linux at kukkukk.com]
> Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 11:53 AM
> To: Kris Springer
> Cc: samba at lists.samba.org
> Subject: Re: [Samba] Windows drive mapping using alternate port
> Am 06.02.2014 20:22, schrieb Kris Springer:
> > Help.  I've got an Ubuntu server running fine with Samba.  I can
> > connect remotely using an iPhone app using an alternate port number
> > that I've configured to NAT to port 445 through my firewall.  But, my
> > ISP has blocked port 445 for security reasons and I have no way of
> > Mapping a drive in a remote Windows machine because port 445 is
> > blocked and there doesn't seem to be any way to edit it or use an
> > alternative port number.  I was hoping there's a client software that
> > could resolve this, or some other way of remotely mapping shares to my
> > server.  I do not have any local machines inside the server local
> > network, all the users are remote and work from home.  Right now we're
> > utilizing a cloud share provider but we want to bring everything
> > in-house but I can't seem to get this to work.  L
> >
> >
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
> > Kris
> >
> Hi Kris,
> due to millions of misconfigured windows machines, nearly all ISPs block
> all
> ports used by the SMB protocol.
> So a good way to workaround this is to tunnel all traffic.
> For example see:
> http://openvpn.net/index.php/open-source/documentation/howto.html#samba
> Sure, the client must also support this...
> Cheers, Günter
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