So you want to use a linux server on local network. Great, but if you still have to access the files through ssh or ftp, it is troublesome. So why not access the files over samba network share? It is also great when you want to setup a simple NAS server on your local network.
As always, first step, update server and install samba:
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade sudo apt install samba
Now we need to add a linux user who will hold the credentials. In this case, we’ll add a user “somik” so remember to change it to what you need:
sudo adduser somik
You should see something similar to this. Enter password any details you want to. Only password is required:
Adding user `somik' ... Adding new group `somik' (1001) ... Adding new user `somik' (1001) with group `somik' ... Creating home directory `/home/somik' ... Copying files from `/etc/skel' ... Enter new UNIX password: Retype new UNIX password: passwd: password updated successfully Changing the user information for somik Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default Full Name : Room Number : Work Phone : Home Phone : Other : Is the information correct? [Y/n] Y
Once done, add the user we added above to Samba, then enter password when asked to:
sudo smbpasswd -a somik
Now edit the samba config file:
sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf
Take note of the following:
... ... workgroup = WORKGROUP ... ...
And append this at the bottom of the file, where “DocuRoot” is the display name of the shared folder, “/var/www/html” is the folder we want to share (can be different in your case, just create it beforehand), and “www-data” is the user and group of the folder.
... ... [DocuRoot] delete readonly = yes writable = yes path = /var/www/html force directory mode = 755 force group = www-data force create mode = 644 force user = www-data comment = DocuRoot create mode = 0644 public = no guest ok = no browsable = yes directory mode = 0755 veto files = /._*/.DS_Store/ delete veto files = yes
And test your samba config file with
If no errors, start up your samba server and enable it on boot. Then just access it like any network share from your computer.
sudo systemctl enable smbd nmbd sudo systemctl start smbd nmbd