Here is a quick and dirty way to install Samba 3 on FreeBSD and use FreeBSD’s drive space as a network drive in Windows.
First, install Samba.
cd /usr/ports/net/samba3 make all install clean && rehash
After the installation, edit /etc/rc.conf and add the following line:
Now, copy the original file with:
cd /usr/local/etc cp smb.conf smb.conf.orig
and add the following at the very end of the smb.conf.
[klimenta] comment = Kliment’s Folder path = /usr/home/klimenta valid users = klimenta public = no writable = yes printable = no
I am using klimenta as username for both FreeBSD and Windows, although my Windows account is domain account and my Samba configuration creates a workgroup called MYGROUP. Next, add the user klimenta as a Samba user using:
smbpasswd -a klimenta
It will prompt you to create a password and confirm it. Make sure you use the same password for both Windows and FreeBSD. Option -a means that you are adding a new user. If you use smbpasswd klimenta only, it will change the password for the existing user. Now, start Samba using:
sh /usr/local/etc/rc.d/samba start
and then from Windows try:
Z:\>net use Q: \\192.168.1.111\klimenta /persistent:yes The command completed successfully.
This will permanently map your FreeBSD home folder as Q: drive on the Windows box. The IP 192.168.1.111 is the IP of my FreeBSD box.
UPDATE:If you want to access a Windows share from the Samba server, then you have to edit smb.conf and change the value of workgroup parameter to match your NetBIOS domain name. In my case, workgroup = ANDREEV. I restarted the Samba server and from my FreeBSD box I was able to list the shares on my Windows computer using
smbclient -L \\bigbeat -U klimenta
mount_smbfs -W ANDREEV //klimenta@bigbeat/L$ /mnt