I just installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to replace my hackintosh setup because my ZFS drive had slow connections. Since switching over, data seems to be transferring much smoother so I'm very happy. However, there are a few things I cant fix:

  1. When I connected to Ubuntu via the Mac, I couldn't sign in and had to use Guest Access to get into the Ubuntu computer. Is there a way to set it up so that the login works? I don't want to give random strangers access through the guest account.

  2. I can't access my iPhoto library from my Mac that I'm connecting via smb because I don't have permissions. How would I go about fixing this? My smb.conf file is:


    Sample configuration file for the Samba suite for Debian GNU/Linux.

    # #

    This is the main Samba configuration file. You should read the

    smb.conf(5) manual page in order to understand the options listed

    here. Samba has a huge number of configurable options most of which

    are not shown in this example


    Some options that are often worth tuning have been included as

    commented-out examples in this file.

    - When such options are commented with ";", the proposed setting

    differs from the default Samba behaviour

    - When commented with "#", the proposed setting is the default

    behaviour of Samba but the option is considered important

    enough to be mentioned here


    NOTE: Whenever you modify this file you should run the command

    "testparm" to check that you have not made any basic syntactic


    ======================= Global Settings =======================



    Change this to the workgroup/NT-domain name your Samba server will part of

    workgroup = WORKGROUP

    server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field

    server string = %h server (Samba, Ubuntu)

    Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:

    WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable its WINS Server

    wins support = no

    WINS Server - Tells the NMBD components of Samba to be a WINS Client

    Note: Samba can be either a WINS Server, or a WINS Client, but NOT both

    ; wins server = w.x.y.z

    This will prevent nmbd to search for NetBIOS names through DNS.

    dns proxy = no

    usershare owner only = false


    The specific set of interfaces / networks to bind to

    This can be either the interface name or an IP address/netmask;

    interface names are normally preferred

    ; interfaces = eth0

    Only bind to the named interfaces and/or networks; you must use the

    'interfaces' option above to use this.

    It is recommended that you enable this feature if your Samba machine is

    not protected by a firewall or is a firewall itself. However, this

    option cannot handle dynamic or non-broadcast interfaces correctly.

    ; bind interfaces only = yes


    This tells Samba to use a separate log file for each machine

    that connects

    log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m

    Cap the size of the individual log files (in KiB).

    max log size = 1000

    If you want Samba to only log through syslog then set the following

    parameter to 'yes'.

    syslog only = no

    We want Samba to log a minimum amount of information to syslog. Everything

    should go to /var/log/samba/log.{smbd,nmbd} instead. If you want to log

    through syslog you should set the following parameter to something higher.

    syslog = 0

    Do something sensible when Samba crashes: mail the admin a backtrace

    panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d

    # Authentication

    Server role. Defines in which mode Samba will operate. Possible

    values are "standalone server", "member server", "classic primary

    domain controller", "classic backup domain controller", "active

    directory domain controller".


    Most people will want "standalone sever" or "member server".

    Running as "active directory domain controller" will require first

    running "samba-tool domain provision" to wipe databases and create a

    new domain.

    server role = standalone server

    If you are using encrypted passwords, Samba will need to know what

    password database type you are using.

    passdb backend = tdbsam

    obey pam restrictions = yes

    This boolean parameter controls whether Samba attempts to sync the Unix

    password with the SMB password when the encrypted SMB password in the

    passdb is changed.

    unix password sync = yes

    For Unix password sync to work on a Debian GNU/Linux system, the following

    parameters must be set (thanks to Ian Kahan < for

    sending the correct chat script for the passwd program in Debian Sarge).

    passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u passwd chat = Enter\snew\s\spassword:* %n\n Retype\snew\s\spassword:* %n\n password\supdated\ssuccessfully .

    This boolean controls whether PAM will be used for password changes

    when requested by an SMB client instead of the program listed in

    'passwd program'. The default is 'no'.

    pam password change = yes

    This option controls how unsuccessful authentication attempts are mapped

    to anonymous connections

    map to guest = bad user

    #### Domains


    The following settings only takes effect if 'server role = primary

    classic domain controller', 'server role = backup domain controller'

    or 'domain logons' is set


    It specifies the location of the user's

    profile directory from the client point of view) The following

    required a [profiles] share to be setup on the samba server (see


    ; logon path = \%N\profiles\%U

    Another common choice is storing the profile in the user's home directory

    (this is Samba's default)

    logon path = \%N\%U\profile

    The following setting only takes effect if 'domain logons' is set

    It specifies the location of a user's home directory (from the client

    point of view)

    ; logon drive = H:

    logon home = \%N\%U

    The following setting only takes effect if 'domain logons' is set

    It specifies the script to run during logon. The script must be stored

    in the [netlogon] share

    NOTE: Must be store in 'DOS' file format convention

    ; logon script = logon.cmd

    This allows Unix users to be created on the domain controller via the SAMR

    RPC pipe. The example command creates a user account with a disabled Unix

    password; please adapt to your needs

    ; add user script = /usr/sbin/adduser --quiet --disabled-password --gecos "" %u

    This allows machine accounts to be created on the domain controller via the

    SAMR RPC pipe.

    The following assumes a "machines" group exists on the system

    ; add machine script = /usr/sbin/useradd -g machines -c "%u machine account" -d /var/lib/samba -s /bin/false %u

    This allows Unix groups to be created on the domain controller via the SAMR

    RPC pipe.

    ; add group script = /usr/sbin/addgroup --force-badname %g

    ###### Misc

    Using the following line enables you to customise your configuration

    on a per machine basis. The %m gets replaced with the netbios name

    of the machine that is connecting

    ; include = /home/samba/etc/smb.conf.%m

    Some defaults for winbind (make sure you're not using the ranges

    for something else.)

    ; idmap uid = 10000-20000 ; idmap gid = 10000-20000 ; template shell = /bin/bash

    Setup usershare options to enable non-root users to share folders

    with the net usershare command.

    Maximum number of usershare. 0 (default) means that usershare is disabled.

    ; usershare max shares = 100

    Allow users who've been granted usershare privileges to create

    public shares, not just authenticated ones

    usershare allow guests = yes

    ======================= Share Definitions =======================

    Un-comment the following (and tweak the other settings below to suit)

    to enable the default home directory shares. This will share each

    user's home directory as \server\username

    ;[homes] ; comment = Home Directories ; browseable = no

    By default, the home directories are exported read-only. Change the

    next parameter to 'no' if you want to be able to write to them.

    ; read only = yes

    File creation mask is set to 0700 for security reasons. If you want to

    create files with group=rw permissions, set next parameter to 0775.

    ; create mask = 0700

    Directory creation mask is set to 0700 for security reasons. If you want to

    create dirs. with group=rw permissions, set next parameter to 0775.

    ; directory mask = 0700

    By default, \server\username shares can be connected to by anyone

    with access to the samba server.

    Un-comment the following parameter to make sure that only "username"

    can connect to \server\username

    This might need tweaking when using external authentication schemes

    ; valid users = %S

    Un-comment the following and create the netlogon directory for Domain Logons

    (you need to configure Samba to act as a domain controller too.)

    ;[netlogon] ; comment = Network Logon Service ; path = /home/samba/netlogon ; guest ok = yes ; read only = yes

    Un-comment the following and create the profiles directory to store

    users profiles (see the "logon path" option above)

    (you need to configure Samba to act as a domain controller too.)

    The path below should be writable by all users so that their

    profile directory may be created the first time they log on

    ;[profiles] ; comment = Users profiles ; path = /home/samba/profiles ; guest ok = no ; browseable = no ; create mask = 0600 ; directory mask = 0700

    [printers] comment = All Printers browseable = no path = /var/spool/samba printable = yes guest ok = no read only = yes create mask = 0700

    Windows clients look for this share name as a source of downloadable

    printer drivers

    [print$] comment = Printer Drivers path = /var/lib/samba/printers browseable = yes read only = yes guest ok = no

    Uncomment to allow remote administration of Windows print drivers.

    You may need to replace 'lpadmin' with the name of the group your

    admin users are members of.

    Please note that you also need to set appropriate Unix permissions

    to the drivers directory for these users to have write rights in it

    ; write list = root, @lpadmin

  3. How does remote access work with Ubuntu? I tried vncserver but I couldn't get it to work...


I can answer the last two questions, the first question is a little vague, what do you mean by "When I connected to Ubuntu via the Mac, I couldn't sign in", how are you trying to sign in?

1) Please clear up how you are trying to sign into Ubuntu from your mac!

2) Assuming its telling you that you don't have file permissions as opposed to access to the share, try using the command sudo chmod -R 755 /path/to/folder and see if that gives the desired outcome, if the issue is that you don't have access trying creating a user account using the command sudo smbpasswd -a YOURUSERNAMEHERE and the set a password for the account.

3) If you mean remote access to use the Ubuntu terminal I would use open-ssh which you can install by typing sudo apt-get install openssh-server you can then use the mac terminal to connect to your Ubuntu machine using your log on details (see this link for a vague explanation). If you wish to use the GUI try installing Teamviewer on both the mac and Ubuntu.

  • When I use the "Connect to server" option on OSX Finder and after i type in smb//IPaddress, I'm prompted to sign into the Ubuntu or choose the guest access. I tried using my Ubuntu password but it didn't work. How would I fix the login and also disable the guest access? – user554202 Jun 7 '16 at 16:57
  • Unfortunately I don't use a Mac so can't be any help there, have you tried using team viewer I think it could be a much more hassle free approach, you can setup un-attended access with one user ID and then a password you set up, if you remember to log off you Ubuntu machine after every session you will be asked to log in again when you connect via team viewer – Dan Jun 7 '16 at 22:43
  • Also going back to the sudo chmod -r 755 /path/to/folder command, it doesnt seem to be working for me... i get the error that 'chmod cannot access '755' no such file of directory. Any fixes? – user554202 Jun 8 '16 at 0:16
  • Apologies it should be capital a capital in the argument, i have update my answer to show this. – Dan Jun 8 '16 at 7:34
  • So that worked. However, I still can't seem to write anything to the folder from my mac now... I'm connected through the server via my user account and password now if that makes a difference. Any other ideas? – user554202 Jun 10 '16 at 4:02

Have you set your folders in Ubuntu that are shared via right click, after that do a sudo smbpasswd -a (user) and set password and reboot.

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