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I want to create an SMB share on my Windows machine, so that my Linux machine can see and access it over the network. I tried setting up 'sharing' on the folder, but this hasn't worked.

How can I set up the folder to work correctly with SMB on Windows 7?

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What distro are you running? In *buntus, the file managers tend to come with "connect to network" option where the shares on Windows machine show up automatically. – Ash Dec 2 '13 at 11:24
What you are saying is not clear. What did you try and what failed? In line of principle, if you share a directory and give access permissions to everyone, your Linux pc will have no problem whatsoever to connect, it needs no special configuration. So what exactly failed? – MariusMatutiae Dec 2 '13 at 12:45

Install smbfs:

sudo apt-get install smbfs

Create folder /media/linkshare:

sudo mkdir /media/linkshare

Mount folder:

sudo mount -t cifs "//<ip address>/public documents" /media/linkshare -o guest,rw,iocharset=utf8,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777

Mount folder requires authentication using login and password:

sudo mount -t cifs //<ip address>/WindowsShare /media/linkshare -o username=windowsuser,password=windowspass,iocharset=utf8,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777
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