I'm currently setting up a samba server on an old school computer for my photo class but I tried to setup samba and it didn't allow me to install the necessary things to get samba rioting. I was wondering if I could make a live cd of ubuntu server with all of the proper things installed so I can install it and just start creating users.
making a livecd is a possibility. have you tried the turnkeylinux live distro that includes samba? more than you need, but it's here: http://www.turnkeylinux.org/domain-controller
edit: to address the adding of users here's the really short version: http://www.howtoforge.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2072
there's more configuration to do in setting up the shares if you want to share more than home directories...a more in depth discussion is here: http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/newbie/17948-samba-configuration-cant-configure-smb-conf.html
essentially the workflow is: create linux user, add to smbusers, if you want more shares than home directories configure them