Samba Fileserver With SWAT On Fedora 8

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Author: Oliver Meyer <o [dot] meyer [at] projektfarm [dot] de>

This document describes how to set up and configure a Samba fileserver on Fedora 8 with the Samba Web Administration Tool (SWAT). The resulting system provides an easy to use fileserver for your Windows network.

This howto is a practical guide without any warranty - it doesn't cover the theoretical backgrounds. There are many ways to set up such a system - this is the way I chose.


1 Preliminary Note

I used a minimal Fedora 8 installation without GUI etc for this howto. Additionally I had to deinstall Firefox after the minimal installation.

  • Hostname:
  • IP:


2 Preparation

2.1 Yum

First we install some packages to speed up yum and prevent problems with packages.

yum install yum-fastestmirror yum-skip-broken


2.2 SELinux

SELinux should be disabled. If you're not sure if it is disabled enter:

cat /etc/selinux/config | grep ^SELINUX=

Disable SELinux if it is enabled:

vi /etc/selinux/config





Afterwards reboot the system:



2.3 Update

Time to update your system:

yum update


3 Samba

Now we install Samba and the Samba Web Administration Tool.

yum install samba samba-swat


4 Basic Configuration

4.1 Firewall

We have to open a few ports so that the clients can connect to Samba:


Set Samba as a trusted service.


4.2 Xinetd

If you set up a server without GUI you have to add an additional IP to the swat configuration to use the swat-webinterface.

vi /etc/xinetd.d/swat


only_from =


only_from = %additional_ip%


4.3 Services

Now we enable the automatic startup of the needed services.

chkconfig smb on
chkconfig nmb on
chkconfig swat on

Afterwards reboot the system.


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