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Robust, enterprise-level folder sharing solutions on Linux?

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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.


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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.


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.

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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?


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.

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