Here is a quick way to get a samba share up and running with an easy and straightforward smb.conf file.

Edit your /etc/samba/smb.conf file:

# vim /etc/samba/smb.conf

Paste the following into the smb.conf file:

workgroup = WorkgroupName
server string = foo
security = user
load printers = yes
log file = /var/log/samba.%m
max log size = 50
socket options = TCP_NODELAY

comment = Home Directory
path = /home/adam/
valid users = adam
writable = yes

Setting up Samba users with smbpasswd:

Since we chose to use the security mode “users” in our samba configuration file, we need to set up the users. To do so, run:

adam@foo:~$ smbpasswd -a adam
New SMB Password:
Retype new SMB Password:

Remember, you can only add samba users via smbpasswd if they already exists as real users on the machine. To see the real users, take a look at your /etc/passwd file. Also note, for all users you add in your smb.conf to the valid users line, you must create a password for them using smbpasswd.

Restart samba:

# /etc/init.d/samba restart

You should now be able to access your samba share from a networked Windows machine.  From the Windows computer simply navigate to Start > Run > and enter in the UNC path for the Linux samba server.  An example would be \\

For a more detailed explanation of setting up a samba configuration file check out my Simple Samba Slackware Setup guide.