Setting up samba to share home directories on booting
I want to use Samba as a centralised way to share files over a home network.
I'm fairly familiar with Samba and have managed to set up /home and general shares that were accessible once I had logged in. However, getting this to work from booting has proved to be more difficult and I just wanted to check that I was taking the right approach? Ideally I would like to achieve the following:
- That the /home directory on the Samba server becomes the /home directory for all clients on booting.
- That once the user logs onto the client machine their home share is accessible without having to re-enter a password (or no more than once).
- That local home (I.e. the client machine) is not accessible to the user when the remote home share is accessible.
- That there is some sort of synchronisation or fail safe set up where local home is kept updated and accessible in the event of the server being unavailable.
So what I would like to know is the following:
- Is the [homes] setup in smb.conf suitable for this?
For example could I use //ipaddress/homes/ /home/ cifs _netdev,user=samba,password=password 0 0 in fstab on the client machine to achieve the goals above? Or should I create a separate customised share for the server /home directory and link to that in fstab? E.g.
path = /home/
comment = /home
browesable = no
writeable = yes
valid users = @users
And then link to that in fstab.
Note: I'm aware that this is not a secure set up and is simply to test that it actually works.
- Whether there is anything I'm missing, whether there is a better way to do it? (Preferably Samba based, as I want to be able to share with Windows machines and also because I want to learn Samba).
Some system details:
Ubuntu 10.04 – Samba server.
Linux Mint 11 – Samba client.
Network – Standard wired ethernet.
If there is anything that I haven't made clear then feel free to ask. Otherwise thanks in advance for any help.
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