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samba (35) Versions 0.11.2

Installs/Configures samba

cookbook 'samba', '= 0.11.2', :supermarket
cookbook 'samba', '= 0.11.2'
knife supermarket install samba
knife supermarket download samba
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Installs and configures Samba version 3.


Assumes Samba version 3.

Should work on Debian-family, Red Hat-family and ArchLinux systems.

Uses Chef Server for data bag to build configuration file shares.

Requires a users data bag for the users when the password backend is not LDAP. If using the Opscode users cookbook, this already needs to exist, though a password needs to be specified for Samba.


Does not (yet) integrate with LDAP/AD.

Uses plaintext passwords for the user data bag entry to create the SMB users if the password backend is tdbsam or smbpasswd. See below under usage.

Does not modify the Samba daemons to launch (i.e., ArchLinux's /etc/conf.d/samba SAMBA_DAMONS).


The attributes are used to set up the default values in the smb.conf, and set default locations used in the recipe. Where appropriate, the attributes use the default values in Samba.

  • node["samba"]["workgroup"] - The SMB workgroup to use, default "SAMBA".
  • node["samba"]["interfaces"] - Interfaces to listen on, default "lo".
  • node["samba"]["hosts_allow"] - Allowed hosts/networks, default "".
  • node["samba"]["bind_interfaces_only"] - Limit interfaces to serve SMB, default "no"
  • node["samba"]["server_string"] - Server string value, default "Samba Server".
  • node["samba"]["load_printers"] - Whether to load printers, default "no".
  • node["samba"]["passdb_backend"] - Which password backend to use, default "tdbsam".
  • node["samba"]["dns_proxy"] - Whether to search NetBIOS names through DNS, default "no".
  • node["samba"]["security"] - Samba security mode, default "user".
  • node["samba"]["map_to_guest"] - What Samba should do with logins that don't match Unix users, default "Bad User".
  • node["samba"]["socket_options"] - Socket options, default "TCP_NODELAY"
  • node["samba"]["config"] - Location of Samba configuration, default "/etc/samba/smb.conf".
  • node["samba"]["log_dir"] - Location of Samba logs, default "/var/log/samba/%m.log".



Installs smbclient to provide access to SMB shares.


Includes the client recipe by default.


Sets up a Samba server. See "Usage" below for more information.


This cookbook includes a resource/provider for managing samba users with the smbpasswd program.

samba_user "jtimberman" do
  password "plaintextpassword"
  action [:create, :enable]

For now, this resource can only create, enable or delete the user. It only supports setting the user's initial password. It assumes a password db backend that utilizes the smbpasswd program.

This will not enforce the password to be set to the value specified. Meaning, if the local user changes their password with smbpasswd, the recipe will not reset it. This may be changed in a future version of this cookbook.


The samba::default recipe includes samba::client, which simply installs smbclient package. Remaining information in this section pertains to samba::server recipe.

Set attributes as desired in a role, and create a data bag named samba with an item called shares. Also create a users data bag with an item for each user that should have access to samba.

Example data bag item for a single share named export in the shares item.

% cat data_bags/samba/shares.json
  "id": "shares",
  "shares": {
    "export": {
      "comment": "Exported Share",
      "path": "/srv/export",
      "guest ok": "no",
      "printable": "no",
      "write list": ["jtimberman"],
      "create mask": "0664",
      "directory mask": "0775"

Each of the hashes in shares will be a stanza in the smb.conf.

Example data bag item for a user. Note that the user must exist on the system already. This is the minimal users data bag to set up the smbpasswd entry. More options are available for those using the users cookbook, see the readme for that cookbook for more information.

% cat data_bags/users/jtimberman.json
  "id": "jtimberman",
  "smbpasswd": "plaintextpassword"

Unfortunately, smbpasswd does not take a hashed password as an argument - the password is echoed and piped to the smbpasswd program. This is a limitation of Samba.

License and Author

Author:: Joshua Timberman (

Copyright:: 2010, Opscode, Inc

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

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distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
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