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SAMBA in Linux - Administration Checklist
Updated March 20, 2002
Created December 15, 2000

Samba startup guide checklist:

This applies to a lot of Linux versions, notes for this page was gathered from RH70.

install Linux
install smaba
check your hostname: hostname.html If the system host name is not set correctly then Samba and any number of other programs will have problems.
Check your smb.conf file for the following:
  • Set your workgroup
  • set your descriptor string
  • Turn on encryption and point to a smbpassword file (uncomment those 2 lines).
  • shares are set up at the end of the smb.conf file. at the end
    you'll find a lot of samples, just take one section, copy it, and make
    modifications to it.

  • Set up your users by 1st adding them to linux (useradd / passwd)
    Set up your users by then adding them to samba (smbadduser / smbpasswd)
    Check the run levels you want samba to run in (usually 2,3,4, and 5)
    - Use ntsysv or use chkconfig to set the runlevels:
         chkconfig --list smb
         chkconfig --level 2345 smb on
    See if samba is running: "ps ax | grep mbd", you should see smbd
    and nmbd running; if not, then they are not running.
         start samba /etc/rc.d/init.d/smb start
    Now the "ps -ax | grep mbd" should show both smbd and nmbd running.

    Getting SWAT to work in RH70

    If running RH70 you should get the updates from on
    thir RH70 Post instal gotcha's page:
    Here are two items to get swat running (Samba Web Administration Tool):
    edit /etc/xinetd.d/swat and change 2 lines.
    The one line that says localhost, change it to
    The line that says disabled=yes, change it value to no.
    Restart xinetd
         /etc/rc.d/init.d/xinetd restart

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