[olug] Using Ubuntu 14.04 to share a folder between Windows machines on different networks

Justin Reiners justin at hotlinesinc.com
Tue Jun 3 20:50:29 CDT 2014

I would stick with Samba, that is what we use, and it is solid.

I would shy away from VNC(for users). as most users are used to the windows
remote desktop client, we use this to install X11-RDP onto the server:
http://scarygliders.net/2014/01/17/x11rdp-o-matic-updated-v3-03/ grab from
git, follow directions, and in about 10 min you are set.

normally I do a Centos minimum install. then do a yum install base. give a
real lightweight distro if RDP access is not required.

a good starter file for samba (located in /etc/samba/smb.conf) is below.

        workgroup = SAMBA
        server string = SambaServer
        security = share
        name resolve order = hosts lmhosts
path = /mnt/hotfiles/
force user = username
read only = no
guest ok = yes
public = yes

#path = /c
#force user = username
#read only = no
#guest ok = yes
#public = yes

path = /images
force user = username
read only = no
guest ok = yes
public = yes

security can be locked down by IP address easily as well, any more Q's I am
here to help!

On Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM, Joseph Gulizia <joseph.gulizia at gmail.com>

> Work plans on using Ubuntu 14.04 to share a folder between Windows machines
> on two different networks.  In my limited research I found that you should
> give Ubuntu a Global IP address which it appears I can ping from the
> outside.
> Ubuntu states it has a server application called vino.
> Also I downloaded and installed a tightVNC java applet which also installed
> tightVNC.
> An older linux book (Linux Administration: A Beginner's Guide 2010 or so)
> suggests samba
> As this is the first time I'm consulting on the linux server issue..what
> are your thoughts?
> A little more information:
> The windows boxes will be running Windows 7 and will be putting multimedia
> in the folder and another user will pull them down and possibly edit them
> and then need to put them back up.
> Here are machine specs:
> Ubuntu 14.04
> Memory:  2.0 GiB
> Processor:  Intel Atom CPU 230 @ 1.60 GHz x 2
> Graphics:  Intel 945G x86/MMX/SSE2
> OS Type:  32 bit
> Disk:  243.9 GB
> -----------------------
> Windows 7 Home Premium
> Processor:  AMD(FX)  8120 Eight Core Processor  3.10 GHz
> Memory:  16 GB
> OS Type:  64 bit
> Most boxes accessing would be using Windows 7 Pro
> Thanks in advance.
> Joe
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