How to configure Samba using a graphical interface in Ubuntu

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One of the most asked features for Samba is a graphical user interface to help with configuration and management,  there are now several GUI interfaces to Samba available, one of these tools is samba server configuration tool.

“The Samba Server Configuration Tool is a graphical interface for managing Samba shares, users, and basic server settings. It modifies the configuration files in the /etc/samba/ directory. Any changes to these files not made using the application are preserved.”

In our previous post we showed you how to configure samba via command line, today we will see together how to configure samba using a graphical interface in Ubuntu

Installing Samba:

First thing we need to do is to install samba, go to Software center in Ubuntu and search for samba then install the package. If you want to install it via terminal then copy this command :

sudo apt-get  install  samba samba-common

Installing Samba Server configuration Tool:

Now install the graphical interface System-config samba

sudo apt-get install system-config-samba

Configuration of samba using a graphical interface:

Now we will try for example to share the directory  /home/pirat9/share folder to do that,

First open GUI samba  server configuration tool by going to System–> Administration–>Samba

Add the  folder you want to share and setup the permissions access.

Now  right click on the  folder directory you want to share and open the  share  options

Then select share this folder

If you want to setup folder access permissions, right click on the folder and open properties (See screenshot bellow)

If you want to add a password to the user: open a terminal and type the command  :

sudo  smbpasswd  -a pirat9

and  then type your password.

Now the configuration is done.

Now lets try to check if we can for example connect from a windows machine. To do that

In a windows machine go to start –>Run and type :

 ip  or  hostname

You will be asked to insert the user and password

Check the  share  folder

And is done.

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