Mounting Linux (Ubuntu) Shares in Windows (7)

Allowing a directory in Linux to be accessible in Windows. Let's assume the Linux box is called ulin1

Initial steps

  • First choose the Linux Directory to mount. In this case it is /xyvol/
  • Change the file permissions on this volume to be 770 and group to be root:<your user id>

Config file changes

Typically the Samba config file is at: /etc/samba/smb.conf
Add a section at the end as follows:

   comment = XY File share to Windows
   path = /xyvol
   writeable = Yes

Where mycow is the share


Now in Windows just point file explorer to \\ulin1\mycow and enter your (linux non root user) user-id and password. Now I don't remember if I had previously setup the samba password or not. If it does not work see if running smbpasswd helps

Other considerations

  • smbstatus - gives you status of your connections
  • On Windows, “net use * /d” will allow you to disconnect the connected samba share (ref: search for “Windows disconnect from Samba share” in ubuntuforums)
  • Use the /var/log/samba for log files that will point you to any issues with Samba connection

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