[Samba] FW: desperate help needed - Samba and security = share

Rowland Penny rowlandpenny at googlemail.com
Sun Jan 25 03:01:17 MST 2015

On 23/01/15 14:08, Gary Stainburn wrote:
> I posted this on the Fedora users list this morning, where it was suggested I
> post it here. I'm hoping someone will help me. I know that this is an old and
> probably worn out topic but I need a quick workable solution before the old
> server dies, which hopefully won't involve me redesigning everything and
> having to update 120+ client PCs:
> Many years ago I built a server on Fedora 8 which became my core network
> server running all the network servers (DNS etc) as well as a host of custom
> services over inetd, However it's main purpose was to service Samba shares.
> That server is now failing so I've just spent a week building a new F20 server
> and converting everything from F8 to F20 - amazing number of changes needed
> but also an amazing number of things are still the same.
> Last of the things to move because the old server is still live and serving is
> SAMBA.  This is where I need the help.
> All of my servers run the same type of setup and it's all based
> around "security = share". Why is this so universally declared as bad??
> I know when I built some F16 servers it said that "security = share" was
> depreciated but it still let me use it. Now with F20 it just refuses.
> The problem is that security = share did *exactly* what I wanted and now I
> can't seem to achieve the same effect any other way.
> Very simply, I use the [homes] section and have about 10 users defined on the
> server - service, parts, admin etc.
> Then for each user PC (approx 120 - 150) I then map a network drive to each
> service that is required. Many only have one or two but some people such as
> admin have access to sales, accounts, wages and admin.
> All very simple and faultless for 8 years.
> Now, when I try some of the examples found online, client PCs seem to be able
> to connect to the first share ok but then whenever I try to connect a second
> share it complains about having to log out of the first share first.
> Can anyone please help me here. If I can't get it working I'll have to scrap
> my week's work and install F16 on this box.
> Fingers crossed

This was dropped from samba with version 4, there was a discussion on 
the technical list, see here:



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