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I wanted to be able to share a folder between Linux and Windows. This was a nightmare regarding configuration and found everything possible on the net. I did not know really what to trust and did not want to read in detail the documentation since I would have to learn a lot of basic to get everything.

Whatever, I used Samba on CentOS 7 (CentOS Linux release 7.5.1804 (Core)).

Here the diffent steps I did with the source of info for the important things:

  • Install Samba: sudo yum install samba samba-client samba-common
  • Add samba to the firewall
    • sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=samba
    • sudo firewall-cmd --reload
  • On windows : Check windows workgroup (usually ‘workgroup’): net config workstation
  • Modify the config file
    • Make a backup of the samba config file sudo cp /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf.orig
    • Modify it: sudo vi /etc/samba/smb.conf It should look like this ( to modify depending on you) This would be for a **secured share**.
	workgroup = WORKGROUP
	security = user
	printing = cups
	printcap name = cups
	load printers = yes
	cups options = raw
	netbios name = <nameofyourserver>

	path = </path/ofyour/folder>
	valid users = @<etcshare>
	browsable = yes
	writable = yes
	guest ok = no
	read only = no
  • Create user group: sudo groupadd etcshare
    • For troubleshooting : List group cut -d: -f1 /etc/group | sort
  • Add user: csudo usermod -a -G etcshare <youruser>
    • For troubleshooting : Check getent group <etcshare>
  • Change permission
  • Add password samba: sudo smbpasswd -a screener
    • For troubleshooting : List info user samba sudo pdbedit -L -v
  • Test parameters: testparm
  • Enable service at boot
    • sudo systemctl enable smb.service
    • sudo systemctl enable nmb.service
    • sudo systemctl start smb.service
    • sudo systemctl start nmb.service
    • To restart the service after some modif of the config file or other
      • sudo systemctl restart smb.service
      • sudo systemctl restart nmb.service


Try to connect first on CentOS, and navigate in sub-folders, check what is inside (ls). If you have an error ‘NT_STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED listing’, check the ‘setsebool’ smbclient \\\\<yourn netbios name in your config file>\\<basename of your folder>

If you have problem check your net use and delete if needed (windows, just for example): net use net use \<yourn netbios name in your config file>\<basename of your folder> /delete Or check in the Credentials manager (only way), sometimes windows keep info here and you do not see it with net use or net session (https://serverfault.com/questions/326255/how-can-i-clear-the-authentication-cache-in-windows-7-to-a-password-protected )