Samba is an SMB/CIFS networking protocol is used for providing file and print services for Microsoft clients. Samba also can be used as part of Active Directory domain. Samba uses TCP/IP protocol for communication.
I am using CentOS 6.3 for below installation instructions, But below steps will also work on CentOS 5 as well.

Step 1 – Install Samba

sudo yum install samba       ## CentOS and Redhat systems 
sudo dnf install samba       ## Fedora 22+ systems 
sudo apt install samba       ## Debian based systems 

Step 2 – Create Account for Authentication

Now create a system account for authentication to access samba shares.

useradd marc
passwd marc

Also add this account in smbpasswd file to be used by samba authentication.

smbpasswd -a marc

Step 3 – Configure Share Directory

Now you will required a directory to be access with samba.

mkdir /opt/shared

Add below entry in Samba configuration file /etc/samba/smb.conf at the bottom.

comment = Public Stuff
path = /opt/shared
public = yes
writable = yes
valid users = marc
write list = marc

Step 4 – Restart Samba Service

Restart smb and nmb services of your system.

systemctl restart smbd.service
systemctl restart nmbd.service

Step 5 – Access Samba Share

To test your setup, you need to access shared location from windows system. Open run window on your Windows operating system and type below.


Change IP with your samba server IP address. If will prompt for authentication. To authorize use account created in
step 2.