Setup Windows File Share for Citrix XenServer

Setup Share in windows

You may need to enable the Network Sharing and discovery in the network sharing center before proceeding with the following steps.

Create a new directory, right click and hit properties.

Under Sharing, hit Advanced Sharing…

Enable the Check mark for “Share this folder” and verify the share name is correct. In this example we are sharing a folder called XenServerShare

Setup Share in XenCenter

From XenCenter, hit add new Storage Repository and run through the wizard. When you get to the Share path put in \\share-ip-address\Share\Path

Example: If the IP address of the computer with the Share is 192.168.1.2 and you shared your Downloads folder, the path would be as follows

\\192.168.1.2\Downloads

Use the share computers username and password to log in to it.

Setup Samba share on Ubuntu

In the following commands change <user_name> and <share_name> to the user you want and the name of the share directory.

Install samba and samba client

sudo apt-get install samba smbclient

Setup Samba user

sudo useradd -m  <user_name>  --shell /bin/false &&  
sudo passwd <user_name>
sudo smbpasswd -a <user_name>

Create Share Directory

sudo mkdir "/home/<user_name>/<share_name>
sudo chown <user_name>:<user_name> /home/<user_name>/<share_name

Make share directory

mkdir /home/<user_name>/<share_name>

Configure Samba conf

Add the following to the bottom of the /etc/smb.conf file. Change the <folder_name>, <user_name> etc to the ones created above.

[<folder_name>] 
path = /home/<user_name>/
<folder_name> valid
users = <user_name>
read only = no

Bash script

You can use the following bash script to automatically install and setup a samba share. Create a file called smb.sh and paste the following in

!/bin/bash

# incredigeek.com
# Ubuntu Samba share auto setup
#
sambaUser="smbuser"
smbFolder="smb_share"
sudo apt-get install samba smbclient
sudo useradd -m ${sambaUser} --shell /bin/false
echo "Enter the password you want to use for the smb user. 4 times."
sudo passwd ${sambaUser}
sudo smbpasswd -a ${sambaUser}
sudo mkdir "/home/${sambaUser}/${smbFolder}"
sudo chown ${sambaUser}:${sambaUser} /home/${sambaUser}/${smbFolder}
sudo echo "[${smbFolder}]" >> /etc/samba/smb.conf
sudo echo "path = /home/${sambaUser}/${smbFolder}" >> /etc/samba/smb.conf
sudo echo "valid users = ${sambaUser}" >> /etc/samba/smb.conf
sudo echo "read only = no" >> /etc/samba/smb.conf
sudo systemctl restart smbd
echo "Samba setup script finished"
echo "Access via $(hostname -I)/${smbFolder} ; username = ${sambaUser} ; password = whatever you put in"

Make executable

chmod +x smb.sh

Execute script

sudo ./smb.sh