If you need an fast, easy, smal-footprint (RAM and DISK) windows filesharing server without max-clients limit (Windows 7 Pro the maximal number of connections is 20) this is for you.

i would say 512MByte RAM is more than enough for such a server. (it is currently using like 100MByte out of 1024MByte possible)

how much ram to give smb server debian linux

1. get minimal iso Debian Netinst-CD-Image

2. follow the ascii-grafical setup

… i recommend you to stick with ext3 for the next 3-4-5 years until ext4 is not selfdestructing on fsck. (fuck the speed, we need secure, reliable systems)

debian ext3

3. software package wise: You will not need anything, deselect all packages (unless you want a grafical desktop… best is gnome or lxde i guess… )

4. after you selected to not participate in the package-popularity contest and selected grub to install on /dev/sda the system will reboot and you can login.

5. now i would install 3x basic apps

apt-get update; # upgrade package definitions (probably not necessary)
apt-get install ssh rsync vim htop; # install ssh, rsync, vim and htop

htop is nice to minitor the resources of your server…

6. network config, you probably want your server to have a fixed ip (not dhcp, the ip keeps changing, unreliable) so ping whatever is in your range and find out if this ip is not taken,


was free.

vim /etc/network/interfaces; # edit network config file

modify like this

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

source /etc/network/interfaces.d/*

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
allow-hotplug eth0
# iface eth0 inet dhcp
iface eth0 inet static

7. ssh: in order to login i will weaken security because this is an INTRANET server NOT connected to the internet.

For security reasons ONLY use ssh-keys to connect to your server via internet.

vim /etc/ssh/sshd_config; # edit ssh config
PermitRootLogin yes

8. reboot the system and ping it from some client to see if things work…

9. now you can use (under windows) putty to login to your server for easier copy and pasting of commands (r-click into putty window to paste into it)


10. setup users

adduser forstner; # adds a user to the linux system, those users will also be allowed to connect (have the same username and password on windows as on linux)
smbpasswd -a forstner; # set smb-password (should be same as on clients)

11. setup shares

apt-get install samba; # install samba, the windows-filesharing software

mkdir /shares; # create a folder that contains shares
mkdir /shares/transit; # create a folder to share
chown -R forstner:forstner /shares/transit/; # asign owner to user forstner

cp /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.bak; # make a copy of the original samba config, just in case one messes up

vim /etc/samba/smb.conf; # edit the config and go to the very end 

search for:

putty search vim smb defintions

comment = "private files only accessable to forstner"
path = /shares/forstner
browseable = yes
read only = no
valid users = forstner
create mask = 0755

comment = "share accessable to everybody"
path = /shares/transit
browseable = yes
read only = no
create mask = 0777

12. search config again for workgroup and modify accordingly (Windows-Clients should be in the Same Workgroup)

#======================= Global Settings =======================


## Browsing/Identification ###

# Change this to the workgroup/NT-domain name your Samba server will part of
   workgroup = WORKGROUP

client workgroup modify windows 7

reboot your server and try to connect with a windows client like this:

windows access linux share

… if you have a local user „forstner“ with the same password as on the linux-fileserver… you should be immediately be granted access to your share.

13. paranoia tweaks: in order to enshure filesystem consistancy over a long time, let’s reboot the server every week and

vim /etc/rc.local; # this file is executed on every boot

before exit 0 put this:

# By default this script does nothing.

touch /forcefsck; # force filesystem check on every boot

exit 0

14. modify crontab to reboot every first sunday of month

crontab -e; # edit crontab

add this line at the end

00 09 * * 7 [ $(date +\%d) -le 07 ] && /scripts/reboot.sh # first sunday of every month reboot, check filessytem etc.

create the script:

mkdir /scripts; 
vim /scripts/reboot.sh;

fill with this content:

echo $(date) >> /scripts/reboot_last.txt; # record time of last reboot to check if its working
touch /forcefsck; # force filesystem check on every boot
shutdown -r +0

make script executable:

chmod u+x /scripts/reboot.sh



last tweaks (optional):

enable ll and make it colorful

echo 'alias ll="ls -lah --color"' >> /etc/bash.bashrc; # add because otherwise ll is not available and not colorful

give example on login prompt how to add users/share

vim /etc/issue

and paste this:

 ______ _ _       _____                          
|  ____(_) |     / ____|                         
| |__   _| | ___| (___   ___ _ ____   _____ _ __ 
|  __| | | |/ _ \\___ \ / _ \ '__\ \ / / _ \ '__|
| |    | | |  __/____) |  __/ |   \ V /  __/ |   
|_|    |_|_|\___|_____/ \___|_|    \_/ \___|_|   
====== smb users:
==== add user:
1. add linux user
adduser username

2. add smbuser
smbpasswd username

3. create shared folder
mkdir /shares/username
chmod 0755 /shares/username
chown username:username /shares/username

4. put entry into /etc/smb.conf
check out existing entries for inspiration

5. reboot server