[Samba] File server questions

Flávio Silveira fggs at terra.com.br
Wed Aug 30 13:04:18 UTC 2017

Hi Rowland,

On 29/08/2017 17:55, Rowland Penny via samba wrote:
> On Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:20:06 -0300
> Flávio Silveira via samba <samba at lists.samba.org> wrote:
>> Good evening,
>>     I am trying to setup Samba as file server using this tutorial:
>> https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Setting_up_Samba_as_a_Standalone_Server
> Why ? your last post was about setting up an AD DC, see here for how
> to setup a Unix domain member:
> https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Setting_up_Samba_as_a_Domain_Member

I think you are confusing me with someone else, my last post was 
regarding running AD DC and File Server with the same Samba, no Unix at 
all. Andrew answered it wasn't recommended, and as I am new, I have 
decided to focus on the file server only, as it is what I need for now, 
AD would be a plus.

>>     The version I am using is 4.6.7 from Van Belle's repo, on Debian
>> Stretch 9.1.
>>     I have a server subnet (192.168.13.x) and a client subnet
>> (192.168.11.x), currently, for testing purposes, the server is on the
>> same subnet as the clients. Will I have problems if after the tests I
>> move to the server subnet?
> No, not if you set up a Unix domain member, in which case you will only
> need the smb.conf and you can then just reuse this on all your unix
> machines.

I don't have any Unix machine, the only machine I have runs Debian 
Stretch 9.1.

>>     Clients are Windows 10 x64 build 1703 and it seems Master Browser
>> is broken on this version as "net view" gives me error 2184.
>>     For my share structure I am thinking in dividing them in
>> departments (groups in this case):
>> - Commercial (/srv/data/commercial)
>> - Finances (/srv/data/finances)
>> - Production (/srv/data/production)
>> - Marketing (/srv/data/marketing)
>>     and so on.
>>     I can show all departments if needed, I need better ideas anyway,
>> as I can't figure out a way to give read/write access to a single
>> folder per department, if they need to exchange files for some reason.
>>     The only thing I've changed in smb.conf from the tutorial was
>> adding "name resolve order" and putting dns as first.
> AD relies on dns so there is no need for that line in smb.conf

I don't have an AD, my network is a simple WORKGROUP, and I gave up the 
idea of setting up both AD and File Server for now as I would need 2 
machines, I only have one.

>>     Am I going in the right path here?
> No, probably not, you should set up a Unix domain member instead, by
> trying to set up a standalone server, you are basically trying to set a
> workgroup member.
> If you do go down the 'workgroup' line, you will have to create the
> groups in AD and on the standalone server, along with ALL the users.

So if I don't have an AD, I will just need to create the groups on the 
standalone server, along with the users, correct?

I am guessing the wiki tutorial I am following (Setting up Samba as a 
Standalone server) is to create a File Server, right?

Sorry for all this confusion.

> Rowland

   Flavio Silveira

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