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Setup Samba Shares With FreeNAS – A 5 Minute Tutorial

March 4th, 2009

FrugalTech has written a 5 minute tutorial on how to setup Samba with FreeNAS.

After reading some tweets between Beq and Freenas (me) on Twitter recently, he thought it would be a great idea to write a quick tutorial on setting up a basic Samba (CIFS/SMB) tutorial for anonymous access.

The tutorial covers:

  • Bootup and Install
  • Adding the Disk
  • Format The Disk
  • Mount the Disk
  • Setup Samba (CIFS/SMB) Services
  • Setup Samba (CIFS/SMB) Shares

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  1. Rick
    March 21st, 2009 at 06:17 | #1

    I am in a jam though with the smb/cifs right now. I put in this freenas server at the office and as anonymous it works great, but when I try to do local user and restrict folders I am stuck. I have read everything and tried all I know to, but several problems continue. I setup my sharename as fileserver and mnt points correctly to that name. I can access the server and see the shares but so can everyone else, even when restricted access is given. Also if you copy a file to one folder it copies to the others as well. I simply need to be able to setup a public folder for all and several private folders for accounting and management as well as private individual folders for different users…can you suggest a solution ?

  2. admin
    March 21st, 2009 at 06:22 | #2


    The problem is that FreeNAS doesn’t support individual share permissions yet. If a user has access to the FreeNAS they have access to ALL the shares on the FreeNAS.

    This is a major draw back in FreeNAS and should be addressed in version 0.7

    I hope this helps,


  3. March 29th, 2009 at 16:25 | #3


    This may help. Though I’ve not tested it yet. I’m playing with it now. You may also require these too…
    YouTube – Linux File Permissions Explained (part 1)
    YouTube – Linux File Permissions Explained (part 2)
    Linux File Permissions

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