Raspberrypi : Step-by-Step Configuration as a Samba Server

If you want to use your RPI as a 24x7 on file sharing server, you need to follow the instructions given below to install SAMBA server in you RPI.

Install the samba server using following command
sudo apt-get install samba samba-common-bin

Add new user group for samba using following commad
sudo groupadd sambausers

Add new user and add this user to samba user group
sudo useradd -G sambausers testuser

Set password for this user using following command
sudo passwd testuser

Create directory to setup samba share (create directory in usb drive in my example)
sudo mkdir /media/usb0/share
sudo chown :sambausers /media/usb0/share/

Open samba configuration file and update as shown below

sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

security = user

[share]
comment = RPI Share
path = /media/usb0/share
valid users = @users
force group = sambausers
read only = No
create mask = 0660
directory mask = 0771

Restart samba service using following command

sudo service samba restart

Then you will be able to access the samba share from other devices in the network

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