Running A File- And Print-Server With eBox On Ubuntu 8.04 Server - Page 3

10 File Server

What I like most about eBox is the ease with which you can create file shares for your network. Just go to File sharing -> General settings and specify the working mode (File server or Primary Domain Controller (PDC)) and a quota limit for the file share:

Under File sharing -> Shares you can then create one or multiple shares. Click on Add new to create a new share:

Provide a name for the share, specify its path (either relative to eBox, or the full file system path - eBox will take care of creating the share), and a comment (the comment is necessary because otherwise eBox refuses to save the share):

Afterwards, you can click on the icon in the Access control column to define which user our group has read or write permissions to that share:

For example, I grant Read only permissions to the group salesdpt...

... and Read and write permissions to the group techdpt:

Instead of granting rights to groups, you can do the same for single users:


11 User Permissions

Now that all desired services are running, we can set the permissions for our users, i.e., we can specify which user can use our file share and our printer. In the following example, I allow the user tim to use our file share (actually, I've already done this in chapter 8 when I created the user) and the printer:


12 Group Permissions

As before for our users, you can now specify which group can use the printer, plus you can specify a file sharing directory for each group:


13 Test The File Share And The Printer

Now we can test our file share and the printer from a Windows workstation. Go to Start -> Run (Start -> Ausführen if it's a German Windows) and type in


You will be prompted for a username and password, so if you are tim, type in tim and tim's password:

If the login is correct, you will be granted access to your file share. You can now see your personal folder tim and the printer we created in eBox. You can also see the folder sales which is owned by the salesdpt group. Since tim is not an owner of that group, he cannot access the sales folder (unless he provides a correct username and password for it). Of course, he can access his own folder tim.


14 Configuration Backup

Under System -> Backup, you can back up your current eBox configuration, so if you lose your eBox configuration, you can restore it from the backup:


15 eBox Software Managment

Under Software management -> eBox components, you can see which eBox modules are currently installed on your Ubuntu system. If you don't need a module anymore, you can delete it:

Under Software management -> System updates, you can check for eBox updates.

Under Software management -> Automatic updates you can enable automatic software updates for the eBox components:


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