[Samba] Suggestions please about what I need.

Jack Downes jax at nwmt.us
Mon May 12 07:16:33 MDT 2014

One thing you could do is download the turnkeylinux version of samba - 
http://www.turnkeylinux.org/fileserver, and if you like it, duplicated 
it in Centos. They use Webmin for their user/group mgmt, and that's fine 
for smaller outfits, but if you are in a larger place, you likely have 
ADS there already, or might want to look at openldap, opends, whatever 
for convenient user management. Anyway, that little turnkey appliance is 
slick as can be, might just help you out - at least see how someone else 
did it, and you can have one right there next to you to compare contrast 
with how your setup is working/not.


On 05/12/14 06:33, Steve Campbell wrote:
> I hate to use that "noob" word, but in this case I think it might be 
> proper.
> Our company is getting ready to get rid of Netware and start using 
> Samba. It will require that users log in and by doing so, have a login 
> script map drives to particular drive letters base on either their 
> user or group.
> I've been administering Centos servers for quite a while. I have no 
> problem with managing the Linux servers, but Samba appears to be a 
> completely unique subject on its own, much like Sendmail, etc. I've 
> read "Using Samba", and about anything else I can get my hands on, 
> including as much of the "Howto" matter on the Samba site. I still 
> have no idea how complex of a setup I need (AD or not, things like 
> that). I don't think we'll be doing things like installing licensed 
> software from the server, mostly just as I stated above.
> For now, I'm fairly certain I'll use the Sernet installation. I'll be 
> retiring soon, and I want to make things as easy as possible for 
> whomever takes over. It'd be great if whatever I end up with has some 
> form of GUI for managing users, groups, and shares, but not necessary. 
> The person managing our Netware will be the one assuming this Samba 
> responsibilty. No Linux experience, so the Gui would make it nice as 
> they learn the ropes of LInux.
> I'm looking for suggestions here for what level of installation I 
> need. I'm sure once I get something installed, I can determine if it's 
> the right way or not. Starting over is not off the table, but it'd be 
> nice to get a clue before starting. Seems the more I read, the more 
> confused I get. So much to Samba and the way it can be set up. I'm not 
> much of a Windows server admin, which is perhaps the biggest problem.
> Thanks for any pointers.
> steve campbell

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