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Samba Server for OS/2 & eComStation

New - 22nd August, 2007
URL for Samba Server 3.0.25c is
New - 12th September, 2007
URL for Samba Client 3.0.26a is

The 3.0.24/25 builds do not currently rely on Security/2, instead they use libc's user/group functions to determine if a user is valid or not.

How to get going:

1.) SET UNIXROOT=x: where x: is the drive that has a /etc/ path. If it does not exist it will be created with step 2.

2.) Unzip to the %UNIXROOT% drive. Among other directories this creates the required /etc directory.

3.) Edit %UNIXROOT%\etc\master.passwd and add the users that you need. You might want to add user pcguest (See step 6 why).

Note the syntax of master.passwd - first field before the colon is username, second is password (leave this blank), third is usernumber which must be unique - others aren't important right now.

4.) Remove the old %UNIXROOT%\etc\pwd.db and %UNIXROOT%\etc\spwd.db files.

5.) Run %UNIXROOT%\usr\sbin\pwd_mkdb.exe %UNIXROOT%\etc\master.passwd. This creates new pwd.db and swd.db files.

6.) Edit smb.conf which should be put into %ETC%\samba\*

Note %ETC% path is not necessarily the same as %UNIXROOT%\etc!

Note that the default config file smb.conf has provision for a guest account pcguest this user must be either added to master.passwd, the guest access commented out of smb.conf; or the user changed to a user that does exist in master.passwd

7.) Now Samba requires the users to be added using smbpasswd.exe, too. You have to add all users twice: First to etc\master.passwd (see step 3), then using smbpasswd.exe. To add a user called 'psmedley' run:

smbpasswd -a psmedley (enter password).

Note: Currently users can neither be renamed or removed (known bug).

Currently tested clients:

  • Windows XP Pro (in VPC guest and natively)
  • Windows XP Home
  • Windows 2000 running in Svista
  • Windows NT 4.0
  • Mandrake Linux 2006
  • eCS v1.2 with IBM LAN Client (EA's work correctly with builds >= 20070226)
  • eCS v2 beta with Netdrive 3.04 and Samba Client v3.0.9 (EA's partially work with builds later than 20070226 build)

Known Issues Look at

Samba scripts contributed by Herwig Bauernfeind:

smb_init-*.zip package:

  • smb.cmd - extended port of *nix shell script to start/stop/restart Samba.

initgroups-*.zip package:

  • group - basic group file for Samba
  • initgroups.cmd - creates well-known NT groups with appropriate RIDs for Samba
  • delgroups.cmd - deletes well-known NT groups from Samba

findsmb-*.zip package:

  • findsmb.cmd - port of *nix script to find SMB machines on the current or a given subnet

sharescripts-*.zip package:

  • addshare.cmd - external command script to add Samba shares from a client (tested with WinXP only)
  • delshare.cmd - external command script to remove Samba shares from a client (tested with WinXP only)
  • changeshare.cmd - external command script to modify Samba shares from a client (tested with WinXP only)

All these packages can be found at
Additional/later/less tested scripts and utilities for Samba can also be found here:

Thanks for testing!

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