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Master Geek

# 205783 26-Nov-2016 17:01
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Samba for Linux
Is Samba easy enough to use for a novice or is it to complicated?
I would like to use it to add files and delete fles on a vortexbox installation having just bought a 2nd hand Antipodes media server with 4tb hdd.
Would this be the easiest way to do this with say ubuntu or something easier on a windows platform perhaps

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Mr Snotty
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  # 1678076 26-Nov-2016 19:27
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I don't quite understand your question...


Samba is just network file sharing (via the CIFS/SMB protocol) of which is also built into Windows (if you're already using that). You don't need Samba or file sharing unless if you're wanting to share your content over the network. Samba is *nix only and was designed as an opensource and compatible alternative to Windows network sharing.


So to answer the question I think you were asking if you're to use Samba you'll need Linux, but if you're already running windows the right-clicking on the folder to share and sharing it over the network achieves the same thing.

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  # 1678106 26-Nov-2016 23:14
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Vortexbox is based on Fedora Linux, It includes Samba server built in.


You can then connect to this using SMB on Windows, or Ubuntu.


On Windows, try looking in Network in Windows Explorer and see if it shows up


In Ubuntu try Open the Places Menu, then click on Network


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Master Geek

  # 1678172 27-Nov-2016 10:19
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Thanks I can access music files from my Anttipodes music streamer in both windows and Ubuntu moved 95gb of 1 artist to a 1.5tb hdd. took 8 hours using Ubuntu,which I will probable delete.
What I can't seem to be able to add music folders to Antiopdes in vortexbox with either Linux or windows, can see the folders in windows or linux and will play in the pc but not in Antipodes.
Not showing in squeeze control android or Cantata in windows or linux.
There was some instructions in Antiopdes help files that mentioned samba so I could access those lost files there sorry if it all sounds muddled!

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Master Geek

  # 1678767 28-Nov-2016 12:05
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Thanks all sorted all I had to do was map a network drive so achieved what I needed in windows!

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  # 1696021 29-Dec-2016 06:58
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Samba is an intermediary system/application that allows unix and windows to play with one another.  If you're just setting up a a filesystem to share between platforms, it's fairly easy.  I'd suggest googling "smb.conf, example" and looking at what other people have done.  If you have a little unix knowledge but don't like working from the command line, you can download and install Webmin (  It's a really good web-based administration tool that covers just about everything you can think of.  The main thing though... read the dox!  Don't have it listening on your WAN address or you run the risk of sharing all your junk with the outside world.


Hope that helps.

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