If you want to perform the management of your files without leaving the friendly drag-and-drop environment of your Windows Explorer, the software package Samba can promptly make any directory of your server's file system, even the root directory, to be a standard Windows network share.

Depending upon the file access permission of the directory, standard drag-and-drop operations to perform selection, copying, deleting, renaming of files can be carried out within your familiar Windows Explorer. All you need to do is mapping a desired Linux directory as a Windows network share on your Windows computer. This file transfer mechanism is more attractive and user-friendly to users who prefer not to use the ftp file transfer method.

This section of the condensed guide explains the following topics in details.

  • Sample Samba configuration file to enable the mapping of a specific Linux directory into a Windows network drive.

  • How to add a Samba user with password to require logging in the Linux directory as a shared Windows network drive.

  • How to set up the required firewall ports to support Windows Network Neighborhood's smb protocol to enable network share.

  • How to disable SELinux in case of permission issues.

  • How to start and stop Samba services on your server.

  • How to map a native Windows network share to a Linux file system so Windows files and directories can be processed by standard Linux tools.