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2.6 Testing the Samba Daemons

It's hard to believe, but we're nearly done with the Samba server setup. All that's left to do is to make sure that everything is working as we think it should. A convenient way to do this is to use the smbclient program to examine what the server is offering to the network. If everything is set up properly, you should be able to do the following:

# smbclient -U% -L localhost

Added interface ip= bcast= nmask=
Domain=[SIMPLE] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 2.0.5a]

        Sharename      Type      Comment
        ---------      ----      -------
        test           Disk      For testing only, please
        IPC$           IPC       IPC Service (Samba 2.0.5a)

        Server               	    Comment
        ---------            	    -------
        HYDRA                	    Samba 2.0.5a

        Workgroup            	    Master
        ---------            	    -------
        SIMPLE               	    HYDRA

If there is a problem, don't panic! Try to start the daemons manually, and check the system output or the debug files at /usr/local/samba/var/log.smb to see if you can determine what happened. If you think it may be a more serious problem, skip to Chapter 7, Printing and Name Resolution, for help on troubleshooting the Samba daemons.

If it worked, congratulations! You now have successfully set up the Samba server with a disk share. It's a simple one, but we can use it to set up and test the Windows 95 and NT clients in the next chapter. Then we will start making it more interesting by adding services such as home directories, printers, and security, and seeing how to integrate the server into a larger Windows domain.

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