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How To: Install Samba on CentOS with Batch Script to Map Drive on Windows

by Jon on April 16th, 2011

Samba is a service that runs on linux servers to be able to share folders with windows workstations. Samba is a great option for someone who does not want a windows server on their network but requires the use of shared drives. This is a free alternative to paying for a windows server for use on your network. The instructions below will install samba, create a network share from the linux server, and a script to map that share as a network drive on a windows computer.

Update 10/28/11: Changed smbpassword to smbpasswd when adding a user.

yum -y install samba
/sbin/service smb start
/sbin/chkconfig smb on
mkdir /data
mkdir /data/share
chmod 766 /data/share
mv /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf.backup
nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

Paste the below text into the smb.conf file

# Samba Config - smb.conf
workgroup = workgroup
netbios name = linuxshare
security = SHARE
load printers = No
default service = global
path = /data
available = No
encrypt passwords = yes

writeable = yes
admin users = windowsuser
path = /data/share
force user = root
valid users = windowsuser
public = yes
available = yes

Create the user from the above config, windowsuser.

/usr/sbin/useradd windowsuser
passwd windowsuser
# use the same password for both
smbpasswd -a windowsuser
/sbin/service smb restart

To delete a user from samba and linux use the following commands.

/usr/sbin/userdel windowsuser
smbpasswd -x windowsuser

This batch script for windows will map a drive letter to a samba share with authentication.

:sample samba copy
:04/16/2011 - Jonathan Manning
net use u: \\\share /user:windowsuser passwordfromabove
dir > c:\test.txt
copy "test.txt" "c:\test.txt"
net use u: /delete
echo done

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  1. ben permalink

    Thanks for this!

    One typo: smbpassword should be smbpasswd (on centOS 5.6 at least).

    • Good catch Ben, thanks for letting me know. I went ahead and fixed that.



  2. Juliano K. Cioffi permalink

    Thanks for the help. everything worked all right!!

  3. Bill permalink

    You still need to fix the smbpassword -> smbpasswd when creating the user.

    Easy to follow but unfortunately it didn’t work for me. Access denied. I’m running CentOS5.7 so that may be part of it. It could also be related to iptables as I know that is blocking but I think I got it disabled.

  4. Izack permalink


    I followed your steps above and linux share comes up in network and i have also made the batch file and opened it but now wat? shouldnt there be a maped drive in computer? im using windows 7


    • Yes you will see a mapped network drive, the drive letter will be u: if you used the above script. This is the line that creates the mapped drive.

      net use u: \\\share /user:windowsuser passwordfromabove

      Hope this helps.

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