Shared folders

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

Authorizations

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.

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. In a way similar to Web URLs above, the shared folder name becomes the SMB “share name”.

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

\\192.168.1.1\docs
\\MYSERVER\docs

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

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

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