Configure CIFS server services using SWAT

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The following article describe how to configure the CIFS Server Services using the Samba Web Administration Tool, or SWAT for short. The CIFS server is assum to be already installed on the server and basic knowledge of SMB/CIFS interoperation is a must have.

1. Check SWAT services in /etc/services and /etc/inetd.conf configuration files.

# grep swat /etc/services /etc/inetd.conf
/etc/services:swat      901/tcp # SAMBA Web-based Admin Tool
/etc/inetd.conf:swat    stream tcp   nowait.400 root /opt/samba/bin/swat swat

2. Login into SWAT interface: http://<servername>:901. When ask for username and password use the corresponding root and root password of the server.


3. Go to Global section and configure following fields:

  • workgroup = <DOMAIN/WORKGROUP NAME>
  • netbios name = <HOSTNAME>
  • server string = CIFS Server
  • security = USER
  • encrypt passwords = Yes
  • case sensitive = Yes

Swat globals.png

4. Go to STATUS, Start All Services

Swat status.png

5. Create a new share under SHARES.

5.1. Choose the new share name.

Swat share create.png

5.2. Configure the share parameters

  • comment = CIFS Test
  • path = /var/tmp
  • case sensitive = Yes
  • browsable = Yes

Swat share config.png

6. Go to STATUS, Restart All Services. Review the configuration file at "/etc/opt/samba/smb.conf"

# cat smb.conf
# Samba config file created using SWAT
# from (
# Date: 2008/07/22 15:01:19

        workgroup = AMERICAS
        server string = CIFS Server
        log file = /var/opt/samba/log.%m
        max log size = 1000
        local master = No
        read only = No
        short preserve case = No
        dos filetime resolution = Yes

        comment = CIFS Test Share
        path = /var/tmp
        case sensitive = Yes

7. Create a user in HP-UX with the same name as the windows client user. Make sure the user entry in "/etc/passwd" looks like this: "<user>:<password_hash>:<uid>:<gid>::<share_path>:/bin/false"


# grep marinale /etc/passwd

8. To confirm the windows client user name run this command on the console prompt: echo %username%

Microsoft Windows 2000 [Version 5.00.2195]
(C) Copyright 1985-2000 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\test1>echo %username%

C:\Documents and Settings\test1>

9. Make sure that the UNIX and Windows are the same to ensure correct NTLM authentication.

10. From CIFS server, add the user to samba configuration.

# smbpasswd -a <username>

11. In windows, open Windows Explorer and try to connect to the network share: "\\<servername>\<share>"