Samba Server

Samba is an open source software re-implementation of the SMB/CIFS networking protocol. In an UNIX/Linux enviroment, Samba provides file and print services for various Windows clients. The GWDG offers a samba server called This server is also a member of the active directory domain GWDG. Therefore every GWDG domain user can connect to our samba server without entering her or his credentials again. Here is a short overview of our Samba server

DNS Name
Server name
Operating system FreeBSD 9.3
Samba version 3.6.25
AD domain GWDG
UNIX/Linux file service yes
Software access yes
Print service incl. printer drivers yes

Access to UNIX/Linux fileservice

Every Windows user can map his UNIX home directory to a network drive on his PC. The following screenshots demonstrate how to map a network drive to our samba server from an windows 8.1 computer.

Open the windows explorer by clicking on the folder symbol in the taskbar, right click on “Network” an select “Map network drive…” from the context menu.

In the next step, windows asks you what folder you would like to map and to specify the drive letter for this connection. You can select any free drive letter you want (e.g. “Z:\”). The path to your UNIX home directory has to be specified according to Mocrosofts UNC converntion: \\samba\YOUR_GWDG_USERID If you want your samba share to be connected automatically at every resing-in, just activate the box “Reconnect at sign-in”. The checkbox “Connect using different credentials” is only necessary if you are not a member of the GWDG domain or if you want to connect to the share of someone else. Employees of the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry have to use the domain MBPC, employees of the MPI fuer Experimentelle Medizin MPEM.
Now, click on “Finish”.

If you have checked the box “Connect using different credentials” you now have to enter the apropiate credentials. If you PC is not a member of the GWDG domain, then you have to enter GWDG\YOUR_GWDG_USERID. If you do not want to enter your credentials every time you reconnect to your network drive, please check the box “Remember my credentials”. Click on “OK” if you are done.

Now, you have access to your UNIX home directory via the “Z:\” drive.