Shared folders

A shared folder is a place where files can be accessed by a group of people using Samba (SMB/CIFS).

To create, edit and delete a shared folder go to the Shared folders page.


If Active directory is selected as account provider, a shared folder is owned by a group of users (Owning group). Each member of the group is allowed to read the folder contents. Optionally the group can be entitled to modify the folder contents and the read permission can be extended to everyone accessing the system. This simple permission model is based on the traditional UNIX file system permissions.

Access privileges can be refined further with the ACL tab, allowing individual users and other groups to gain read and write permissions.

At any time, the Reset permissions button propagates the shared folder UNIX permissions and Posix ACLs to its contents.

If Guest access is enabled, any provided authentication credentials are considered valid.

If an LDAP account provider is selected or there is no account provider at all, any access to shared folders is considered as Guest access so that everyone is allowed to read and write its content.

Network access

SMB/CIFS is a widely adopted protocol that allows to share files across a computer network. The shared folder name becomes the SMB “share name”.

For instance, the SMB network addresses of the docs share could be



Authenticated access to shared folders is available with an Active Directory accounts provider. LDAP provider allows guest access only.

When accessing a SMB share, some user interfaces provide a single user name field. In that case, specify the user short name prefixed with the NetBIOS domain name. For instance, if the NetBIOS domain name is “DOMAIN” and the user name is “john.smith”, the domain-prefixed user name to access a SMB share is:


On the contrary, some applications provide separate input fields for the NetBIOS domain name and the user name; in that case fill in the input fields individually.

Network recycle bin

If the option Network recycle bin is enabled, removed files are actually moved into a special “wastebasket” directory. The Keep copies of files with the same name keeps distinct file names inside the wastebasket directory, preventing overwrites.

Hide a shared folder

If Browseable is enabled, the shared folder is listed publicly. This does not affect the permission to use this resource.

Home share

Each NethServer user has a personal shared folder that is mapped to his Unix home directory. The SMB share name correspond to the user short name. For example:

  • user short name john.smith
  • server name MYSERVER
  • server address

The SMB network address is:


Provide John’s credentials as explained in Network access.


The Unix home directory is created the first time the user accesses it by either SMB or SFTP/SSH protocol.