How to share a Linux folder using Samba for Windows access:
(procedure using CENTOS networked on a Windows 7)

  1. System > Administration > Server Settings > Samba
  2. Preferences > Server Settings
    • Basic tab:
      Workgroup = YourLocalWorkgroup
      Description = anything
    • Security tab:
      Application Mode = Share
      Encrypt Passwords = no
      Guest Account = No guest account
  3. Preferences > Samba Users = No users
  4. Add Share
    • Basic tab:
      Directory = /tmp (whatever you need to share, must exist)
      Share name = anything
      Description = Temporary Linux share
      Writable = checked
      Visible = checked
    • Access tab:
      Select “Allow access to everyone”

This will add the following to the “/etc/samba/smb.conf” file:

[global]

security = share

[tmp]
comment = Temporary Linux share
path = /tmp
writeable = yes
guest ok = yes