Ubuntu: Ubuntu 16 Samba server with Windows 10 client - Tutorial/Howto


I had some problems with connecting my Windows 10 computer to my Ubuntu 16.04.1's samba server. Finally I got it.

So how to share files on the Ubuntu 16 server with Windows 10 computers?


First, if you made any changes to an existing samba configuration, revert them, or delete the /etc/samba/smb.con and uninstall samba.

I assume your Ubuntu server username is peterlustig and the Ubuntu server IP is

  1. sudo apt-get install samba
  2. sudo cp -pf /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf.bak Just backup your config
  3. sudo mkdir /myshares- what you want to share via Samba
  4. sudo chown peterlustig:peterlustig /myshares
  5. sudo chmod 777 /myshares or experiment with lower rights, I havn't done that yet
  6. sudo smbpasswd -a peterlustig Adds the user peterlustig to the Samba database and activates it. (Usually different password than peterlustig in Ubuntu itself. The password is what you need to enter later when connecting with the Windows 10 client to the server, step 10)
  7. sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf And add the following to the bottom of the file:

    # Samba share for Windows clients  [my-shared-folder-name]   path = /myshares  available = yes  valid users = peterlustig  read only = no  browseable = yes  public = yes  writable = yes  
  8. sudo /etc/init.d/samba restart restart your server and reload the config

  9. If you use the ufw Firewall, you need to configure it. E.g. I allow only 192.xxx.xxx.xxx hosts to access my Samba shares, so I entered: sudo ufw allow from to any app Samba
  10. In the Windows 10 client, open a Windows Explorer and enter the IP address of your host: \\ Now you should see your shared folder named my-shared-folder-name from step 8 in the [] brackets. Open it. Now you need to enter your credentials, i.e. username peterlustig and the password you entered in step 6.

You can even map it as Windows network drive. Address will be \\\my-shared-folder-name, and don't forget to enable using different credentials (than your Windows 10 user provides) and enter peterlustig and password from step 6 there.

Hope this helped anyone. Happy sharing!


Restart Ubuntu after fresh installation and add user

$ sudo smbpasswd -a username (username should be without space eg "sudo smbpasswd -a alamjitsingh")  New SMB password:*********  Retype new SMB password:*********  Added user alamjitsingh.  

smb.conf required settings

sudo -H gedit /usr/share/samba/smb.conf      [global]   workgroup = WORKGROUP   passdb backend = tdbsam    security = user   

In authentication section turn "map to guest = bad user" off by adding # at starting of code (Must)

#map to guest = bad user  

You can try adding this line if it's not working (replace with your username):

force user = alamjitsingh  

Add your personal code at the end

[Shared_drive_Name]  path = /media/alamjitsingh/Shared_drive_Name (alamjitsingh is my ubuntu username)  comment = HD Share  read only = yes  available = yes  browseable = yes  writable = no  guest ok = no  public = yes  printable = no  locking = no  strict locking = no  

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