I want to share a folder on my RHEL to all windows users.

My requirements are:

  1. users need to access from windows
  2. users need read only access
  3. no authentication required

What I have tried:

  1. Samba Server is up and running
  2. Webmin module installed to use SambaUI
  3. Webmin > Servers > Samba Windows File Sharing
  4. Created a new file share with path as /home/guest/testfolder
  5. Used myshare as share name
  6. In security:

    • -Writable :no
    • -Guest access: Guest Only
    • -Guest unix user: nobody
    • -Hosts to allow: all
    • -Hosts to deny: none

I am able to see the folder testfolder but I am not able to browse its contents

1 Answer 1


Does guest Unix user have access to the underlying Unix folder that you're trying to share?

Permissions can get a little confusing when dealing with Samba. The user's that you specify in the smb.conf file need to have access to the Unix filesystem.

So in your case I would assume that the user nobody doesn't have read access to /home/guest/testfolder.


As you've discovered SELinux can impact you're ability to access a directory using Samba. You can do a couple of things if SELinux is blocking you:

- disable it...

This command will temporarily disable it:

$ sudo setenforce 0

This is helpful when trying to determine if it's an issue.

- enable /home Samba access for SELinux...

You need to run this command on the samba server:

$ sudo setsebool -P samba_enable_home_dirs 1. 

If the directories are under /home.

- enable /some/other/dir Samba access for SELinux

If they're anywhere else you need to re-tag their SELinux contexts' like so:

$ sudo chcon -t samba_share_t /some/other/dir
  • I tried setting the user to guest but still of no avail. Do I have to do any other configurations ? Jul 12, 2013 at 13:35
  • @AnandSunderraman - Can you share your stanza from your smb.conf file for this one share?
    – slm
    Jul 12, 2013 at 14:08
  • hey got it working, turns out that I have to disable SELinux. I will post my findings in an answer Jul 12, 2013 at 16:36
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    @AnandSunderraman - good catch. I always forget about it. You can temporarily disable it setenforce 0. You need to run this command on the samba server setsebool -P samba_enable_home_dirs 1. If the directories are under /home. If they're anywhere else you need to retag their selinux contexts' like so: chcon -t samba_share_t /var/eng.
    – slm
    Jul 12, 2013 at 16:41
  • @AnandSunderraman - see updates.
    – slm
    Jul 12, 2013 at 16:48

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