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Is it possible to map a linux directory in windows? And can someone please show me how this is done with minimal configuration? I don't need many bells and/or whistles... or even security as the host is a sandbox that is rebuild nightly.


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What specifically have you tried? What errors do you see? Yes, it is absolutely possible, the 100s of pages of people doing it is a form of proof - I have a bunch of samba shares at work from RH. Ubuntu Docs. In my experience, the most commonly missed step is forgetting to add/enable the local user name to the samba group. Add: sudo smbpasswd -a username; Enable: sudo smbpasswd -e username and then restart the samba service. – nerdwaller Sep 22 '13 at 14:11
Basically... I have about 20 windows users that need to map "Z" driver (or whatever) to "/var/www" on a linux box that is sort of a sand box. Every single samba config I have tried has failed (and I have tried a lot). The normal failure is windows refusing the user's password, and then reporting not being able to find the server... just not sure what else to try. – aserwin Sep 22 '13 at 14:18
Proof, just to do away with the stupid part of the question. – grawity Sep 22 '13 at 14:20
If you don't care about security, tell samba to allow read/write guest access and you won't need to worry about usernames. Also consider installing webmin on the Linux host which will allow you to configure all this through a web interface. – terdon Sep 22 '13 at 17:48

Can I ask, is this because you have a linux storage server that you need to add to your windows machines? If so, I can higly recommend the software called FreeNAS - it's free and has a very easy to use GUI to map drives to windows machines etc.

Just a suggestion.

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