We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

We've partnered with Certified Experts, Carl Webster and Richard Faulkner, to bring you two Citrix podcasts. Learn about 2020 trends and get answers to your biggest Citrix questions!Listen Now

x

Robust, enterprise-level folder sharing solutions on Linux?

keks_
keks_ asked
on
Medium Priority
291 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-09
I want users to have access to a shared drive, where they can share files, etc. I understand this can be done with Samba.

What other solutions are available for users to remotely share files? Right now I'm looking at some hosted solutions but would like to explore this more.

Thanks!

Comment
Watch Question

Commented:
FTP? ;)

Depends on how you want to controll access and where from - is your data on Unix and users on Windows or vice-versa? Or is it for internet access?

Please provide more info. There may be number of options, depending on where and how you want to serve data.

Author

Commented:
I have a private linux server with my host. The users are pc and mac users just looking to have a central location to store files and share them with others.

I have no physical access to the server (no one does) so everything will be done over the internet.
I think that samba should meet your needs. However, you will want to consider using a VPN for security, as well. I believe that Macs now suport CIFS/SMB, but if not, you can also install appletalk MAC fileshsaring stuff on Linux.

A simple FTP or SCP/SSH service may also meet your needs.

Not the solution you were looking for? Getting a personalized solution is easy.

Ask the Experts

Author

Commented:
For someone who's not familiar with Samba, are there any user-friendly apps or should I look into hosted services? If so can you recommend any?
Most Linux distributions now have GUI tools for configuring everything, including filesharing. What Linux distro are you running?

Author

Commented:
CentOS. I do not have physical access to the server. Can I install and run Samba remotely on the webserver? Does it have a gui install via web browser?
There's not a web based GUI by default. If you don't have remote KVM, you should be able to download and install Xming, a free X windows manager for Windows and then use putty or your preferred SSH Client with X11 forwarding turned on to access the GUI. It really depends on what version of CentOS and whether you've installed KDE and K Desktop or Gnome and Gnome Desktop on where to go from there.
Actually, I think it's going to be much easier for you to use VNC than XWindows, to access the remote machine.

http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/VNC-Server
Access more of Experts Exchange with a free account
Thanks for using Experts Exchange.

Create a free account to continue.

Limited access with a free account allows you to:

  • View three pieces of content (articles, solutions, posts, and videos)
  • Ask the experts questions (counted toward content limit)
  • Customize your dashboard and profile

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

OR

Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.