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Troubleshooting a SAMBA Installation

Understanding a service well enough to troubleshoot it is an essential skill as a System Administrator. In this lab, we'll go over troubleshooting a SAMBA installation.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 30m
Clock icon Aug 21, 2020

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  1. Challenge

    Ensure the user is added to Samba correctly

    pdbedit -L

    Shows us that there are no Samba users on the system.

    smbpasswd -a pinehead

    Fails because there is no pinehead user on the system.

    useradd pinehead
    smbpasswd -a pinehead
    pdbedit -L

    Now we have a Samba user named pinehead. Re-running the mount command works.

  2. Challenge

    Ensure the mount is writable.

    1. First, we need to add the following line to /etc/samba/smb.conf:
    read only = no
    1. Additionally, we need to run these commands to make sure the /opt directory (specified in the smb.conf file) is eligible for writing by pinehead through Samba.
    chgrp pinehead /opt
    chmod g+w /opt
    chcon -t samba_share_t /opt

    Once those are done, we can run systemctl restart smb and try to touch /mnt/test. It should work perfectly!

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