Exporting ObjectiveFS to Windows via Samba

This guide covers the steps to share your ObjectiveFS filesystem from Linux to Windows via Samba. For NFS export instructions, see this guide.

What You Need

On the Linux Server

  1. Mount your objectivefs filesystem (e.g. on /ofs).

    $ sudo mount.objectivefs <your filesystem> /ofs

  2. Install Samba.

    $ sudo apt-get install samba
    $ sudo yum install samba

  3. Set a password for your user in Samba.

    $ sudo smbpasswd -a <user_name>
    Note: Samba uses a separate set of users and passwords (stored in /etc/samba/smbpasswd) instead of the standard Linux system accounts. This user must have read/write permission to the /ofs directory.

  4. Add the following to the end of /etc/samba/smb.conf.
    Note: The last two lines are only needed if you want to use Windows ACLs.

    path = /ofs
    valid users = <user_name>
    writable = yes
    browseable = yes
    ; The following lines enable Windows ACL support
    vfs objects = acl_xattr
    acl_xattr:ignore system acls = yes
    nt acl support = yes

  5. Restart the samba server.

    $ sudo service smbd restart
    $ sudo /etc/init.d/smb restart
    CentOS 7 or newer
    $ sudo systemctl restart smb.service
    $ sudo systemctl restart nmb.service

  6. You can use this command to check for any syntax errors in smb.conf.

    $ testparm

  7. For Linux distributions with SELinux, you might also need to allow Samba sharing:

    $ setsebool -P samba_share_fusefs=1

On the Windows server

These steps are for Windows Server 2012 R2.

  1. Set up connection to Linux Samba Server
    → This PC
    → Click on Computer from the top menu
    → Select “Map network drive”
    → For Folder, use: \\<ip address>\ofs
    → Click Finish
    → Enter the user name and password that you have set up


last updated by ObjectiveFS staff, March 26, 2020
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