What is samba?
Samba is software. It let Linux, Windows, and Mac to communicate with one another, but it can be tough to configure.
Samba is one of those pieces of software that makes life possible within a homogeneous environment. For some, configuring Samba can be a challenge.
Thankfully, tools are available that can help nearly every skill level with the task. If you’re a newbie or even a master, there’s a tool that can help you get Samba configured. But which apps are best suited for you? Let’s take a look and find out.
GAdmin SAMBA is part of the GAdmin Tools administration toolkit and doesn’t disappoint. This GUI tool can satisfy by any level of experience and will allow the newbie plenty of room to grow. Although there is a bit of a learning curve with this interface, once you’ve figured it out, you’ll be rocking out Samba shares like crazy. GAdmin SAMBA also offers multiple local and remote user and group import and on-the-fly share creation and user handling.
This is the GUI tool that all new Samba admins should be using. System-config-samba can be installed onto practically any Linux distribution and is incredibly easy to use. With this tool, you can configure the shares to be handed out, as well as the Samba server settings. The GUI isn’t cluttered with too many bells and whistles to confuse the user, so getting shares added is as simple as clicking the Add button and filling in a few bits of information.
Webmin, being one of the most powerful administration tools, naturally offers a Samba module. Webmin Samba Module offers everything you want in a Samba administration package: share, printer, share mode configuration as well as the ability to easily manage user access to different shares.
However, when working within a business environment, you will more than likely come across the need for Samba. But Samba isn’t your average tool that can be easily configured by anyone. You need a certain amount of skill to understand how Samba works. Even so, that doesn’t mean you have to deal with overly complicated tools to set up those shares. Plenty of tools out there can get the job done. The three listed here, in my opinion, are really good.
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