Set Up A Fileserver For Small/Medium Enterprises With SME Server 7.1 - Page 4

6 Create Users And Groups

Let's assume we have multiple departments in our enterprise, and for each department we want to create a share of its own on our SME Server fileserver. Therfore we create a group for each department (e.g. a group called sales), and for each employee we create a system user and add that system user to the group (department) that he works in.

To create a user, go to Users and click on Add user account:

Fill in a user name (e.g. joe) and the details of the user (name, company, etc.). Then click on Add:

The user has been created, but you will see a red Reset password because we haven't specified a password for joe yet. Therefore, click on Reset password:

On the next page, you can specify a password for joe (the system expects capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and an underscore in the password, otherwise you will get an error):

Now that we've specified a password, the red Reset password has gone, and the setup of our user joe is finished.

Now let's set up our user group sales. Go to Groups and click on Add group:

Enter the group name (sales), a brief description (e.g. Sales Dpt.) and specify the group members (e.g. joe):

Afterwards, you should find the sales group in the list of available groups:

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From: at: 2007-03-01 03:14:37

This Linux server distro-package was very easy to setup, and works like a charm. Exactly what we needed

We really like the browser support for setting up users, priviledges and shared folders. As we have about 5-6 local machines running windows xp (I now know it's a sin ;-) this setup is easy and very manageble. I used an older AMD 64 machine, with 2 identical 200GB harddisks installed, to take advantage of the RAID 1 setup during installation. Very nice... and with backup feature via the browser to another pc.

Was at first a bit skeptical, since the distro seems "less popular" than f.ex. ubuntu and openSUSE, yet after trying to go with the ubuntu server (althought great info on the site here) this setup is 110% more straight forward, for a NOB like me and my fellow co-workers. 

Also, it should handle VPN and email, although we don't need this for now. But it looks overall like a very simple and solid solution for us. Imagine... we almost said yes to a local vendor to accept a windows SBS 2003 solution, inkl. a new server, that would have cost us well over $ 5.000,- (inkl. windows upgrade). But SME server seems like just the right alternative for us... a small/mid sized company.

We send a donation right away, and may consider the support available later on.



Cleo Andersen

Copenhagen, Denmark

From: Anonymous at: 2011-05-27 05:35:00

This is the best article that I have found in clear easy to understand step by step configuration for SME file server. It worked for me the first time although I am using version 7.5.1 Thanks to author I have it up and running to store all of my files and pictures.

Thank You for a great tutorial.

M H Bell 

From: Ariel González at: 2011-06-23 11:03:52

Very useful, very "to-the-point".

Just what I was looking for.