Installing Samba – the most minimalist install possible!

Samba makes it easier to access your files from Windows and other operating systems. It can also be very complicated to install and configure! As with most things on Linux there are several ways of doing this. A Samba client is installed by default with Redhat. However to allow a Windows machine to connect to your Redhat shares a Samba Server is required.

A binary distribution for redhat is available that makes it much easier to install and configure. You can download this from A direct link for the redhat version is

Like most software on Linux, the piece of software you want to install (Samba Server) depends on some other modules that are not installed. To get Samba installed you must first install these other modules.
In this case, fortunately they are all available at the same location. Save the
required files to your desktop before double clicking on them in turn to
install the rpm. You can ignore warnings about unsigned RPM’s and install

In this configuration, the modules you must download and install (in order) are:





This completes the installation of Samba. The next step is to configure it so that it can be used. Using a root user terminal window, navigate to /etc/samba.

Using gedit, modify the smb.conf file. This is the global configuration file for Samba. There are a bewildering number of options here that may or may not be relevant to a particular installation. Refer to the Samba documentation for more details. In this example a simple share will be created. Enter the data into the file listed in image smb.conf.

Contents of smb.conf

Save and close the editor.

The next step is to add a user to the samba database.
The login and samba user databases are different, and so alternative logins can
be used.  However, to keep things simple
the same username and password will be added into the Samba database.

Samba password entry

At this point Samba is installed and configured but is
still not running. It’s best to ensure that Samba is started on bootup – that
way you don’t have to start it every time you start the machine.

You can do this by running a command ‘chkconfig’ at the terminal prompt:

chkconfig configuration

Restarting the virtual machine will now start the Samba
service. However, if you want to start it immediately you can do this by issuing the command manually. You can also check that it’s running afterwards by using the ‘ps’ command:

Checking if a process is running with the 'ps' command

That’s it, Samba is installed configured and running!

You can check your installation is available by finding
your ip adress and connecting to it from your Windows machine. To do this, first find out your ip address by running the command /sbin/ifconfig

Now, open Windows explorer on your desktop and navigate to \\<ipaddress> e.g \\ When prompted for username and password enter the same username and password as you entered when adding them to the Samba
database earlier.

Entering samba user password

Now connected, you can browse create and delete directories in your home directory.