Configure a Samba Server and Export a File System on Linux

30 minutes
  • 5 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

In this hands-on lab, we’ll configure a basic Samba server. Then, we’ll create a directory and share it out to the network.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Install the Samba Server Package as Well as the Client Utilities, and Then Start the Service

Install the Samba package and the client utilites. Start and enable the services.

Create the /app Directory, and Change the Permissions to 777

Create a new directory named /app. Change the permissions to allow read, write, and execute.

Check if selinux Is Enabled, and Set the Correct selinux Context on the Directory

Note: Skip this step if selinux is not enabled.

Check to see if selinux is enabled. If so, change the selinux context of the newly created directory to samba_share_t. Verify the correct context exists on the directory.

Edit, Configure, and Test the Main Samba Configuration File

Edit the main Samba configuration file to add the app directory. Guests are okay, and the share should be writeable. Then, test the configuration for syntax errors with the testparm command.

Log In To Samba to Check the Share with the smbclient Command

Log into Samba to check to the share configuration.

Additional Resources


The Applications team at XYZ Company has requested a new file system for their application data. As per company standards, application file systems are created on the Samba server and then exported to be mounted on the application server. To complete this lab, you should configure a Samba share named /app, and configure it to be mounted on another server. You should check your work by logging in to the share.

Your lab contains 2 Cloud Server instances. Log in to one of the provided server instances using the credentials provided:

ssh cloud_user@<PUBLIC_IP_OF_NODE>

Become the root user:

sudo -i

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