Ubuntu: Samba installed by DEFAULT?

Posted on 2011-09-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

1) I have successfully installed a linux client workstation (Ubuntu 10.04.3) in the enterprise environment
- It is the same as installing the windows XP client which gets  the IP address from DHCP server (we do not need to do a special configuration or setting for it)
- This linux client machine is in the production environment
- It can connect to Internet (ping, etc)
-By default, it uses the firefox web browser

2) This linux Ubuntu client machine has to be able to get some files at the FILE SERVERS which are in the Active Directory Environment; say it the name of the file server is BobaFilesrv

3) Per EE's discussion, I get to know that this Linux client machine should have SAMBA to function as mentioned in # 2 above

4) And, also per EE's discussion, that SAMBA will be installed by DEFAULT in the Ubuntu's installation

5) My questions:
First: is the statement # 4 above is CORRECT? (= SAMBA has been installed by DEFAULT; so I should not do anything related to Samba to achieve the goal --> the goal is to ACCESS the Bobafilesrv from Ubuntu client)

Second: How to check (in Ubuntu linux client) that SAMBA has been installed? (Please provide a little bit of steps)

6) Thanks

Question by:tjie
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Accepted Solution

wesly_chen earned 350 total points
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A1. Yes, with samba, you can access the Windows shared folder.
Here is how to access Windows 7 shared folder from Ubuntu
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6. On your Ubuntu 10.04 system, right click on your desktop and choose "Create Launcher.”
7. In the “Type” field, choose "Location"
8. In the "Name" field, type a name for your share.
9. In the "Location" filed, type “smb://username@IPAddress/share”
      Username = the username of your Windows 7 account you specified.
      IPAddress = the IP address of your Windows 7 Computer.
      Share = the name of the shared folder on your Windows 7 Computer.
      Example= smb://dave@
10. Click the "OK" button and when prompted enter the password of your Windows 7 user account.
11. At that point the shared folder should be mounted on your

A2. Open a terminal and type
apt-cache search samba
dpkg -l |grep samba
  to check if the samba is installed of not

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bz43 earned 150 total points
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In Ubuntu I don't believe Samba is installed by default.  

To authenticate to AD you need the winbindd daemon therefore you'll  need to install winbind and samba.  Here is a link for Ubuntu and Active Directory:

I am running Debian and below is the output of checking to see if some software in installed. You can use the same commands on Ubuntu.  
Below I see that smbclient and samba are installed:
[brian@kub ~]$ dpkg -s smbclient
Package: smbclient
Status: install ok installed
Priority: optional
Section: net
Installed-Size: 45344
Maintainer: Debian Samba Maintainers <>
Architecture: amd64
Source: samba
Version: 2:3.5.6~dfsg-3squeeze5
Replaces: samba (<< 2.999+3.0.alpha21-4), smbget
Provides: samba-client
Depends: samba-common (= 2:3.5.6~dfsg-3squeeze5), libc6 (>= 2.5), libcap2 (>= 2.10), libcomerr2 (>= 1.01), libgssapi-krb5-2 (>= 1.7+dfsg), libk5crypto3 (>= 1.6.dfsg.2), libkrb5-3 (>= 1.8+dfsg), libldap-2.4-2 (>= 2.4.7), libpopt0 (>= 1.16), libreadline6 (>= 6.0), libtalloc2 (>= 2.0.0), libwbclient0 (>= 2:3.4.0~pre2), zlib1g (>= 1:1.1.4)
Suggests: cifs-utils
Conflicts: samba4-clients
Description: command-line SMB/CIFS clients for Unix
 Samba is an implementation of the SMB/CIFS protocol for Unix systems,
 providing support for cross-platform file and printer sharing with
 Microsoft Windows, OS X, and other Unix systems.
 This package contains command-line utilities for accessing Microsoft
 Windows and Samba servers, including smbclient, smbtar, and smbspool.
 Utilities for mounting shares locally are found in the package
[brian@kub ~]$ dpkg -s samba
Package: samba
Status: install ok installed
Priority: optional
Section: net
Installed-Size: 23300
Maintainer: Debian Samba Maintainers <>
Architecture: amd64
Version: 2:3.5.6~dfsg-3squeeze5
Replaces: samba-common (<= 2.0.5a-2)
Depends: samba-common (= 2:3.5.6~dfsg-3squeeze5), libwbclient0 (= 2:3.5.6~dfsg-3squeeze5), libacl1 (>= 2.2.11-1), libattr1 (>= 2.4.41-1), libc6 (>= 2.6), libcap2 (>= 2.10), libcomerr2 (>= 1.01), libcups2 (>= 1.4.0), libgssapi-krb5-2 (>= 1.8+dfsg), libk5crypto3 (>= 1.6.dfsg.2), libkrb5-3 (>= 1.8+dfsg), libldap-2.4-2 (>= 2.4.7), libpam0g (>=, libpopt0 (>= 1.16), libtalloc2 (>= 2.0.0), zlib1g (>= 1:1.1.4), debconf (>= 0.5) | debconf-2.0, libpam-runtime (>= 1.0.1-11), libpam-modules, lsb-base (>= 3.2-13), procps, update-inetd, adduser
Recommends: logrotate
Suggests: openbsd-inetd | inet-superserver, smbldap-tools, ldb-tools, ctdb
Conflicts: samba4 (<< 4.0.0~alpha6-2)
 /etc/cron.daily/samba f6519535df7964f95cdd7db501bf3ad2
 /etc/logrotate.d/samba 15784085b89cd2d88f1d5eae9912713b
 /etc/init.d/samba a5a79db9cb32e52381f6edd828928f08
 /etc/network/if-up.d/samba aa12b3cb818b8b8b76df6e4f056c7c0e
Description: SMB/CIFS file, print, and login server for Unix
 Samba is an implementation of the SMB/CIFS protocol for Unix systems,
 providing support for cross-platform file and printer sharing with
 Microsoft Windows, OS X, and other Unix systems.  Samba can also function
 as an NT4-style domain controller, and can integrate with both NT4 domains
 and Active Directory realms as a member server.
 This package provides the components necessary to use Samba as a
 stand-alone file and print server.  For use in an NT4 domain or Active
 Directory realm, you will also need the winbind package.
 This package is not required for connecting to existing SMB/CIFS servers
 (see smbclient) or for mounting remote filesystems (see cifs-utils).

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If a package is not installed you will see this:
[brian@kub ~]$ dpkg -s a56
Package `a56' is not installed and no info is available.
Use dpkg --info (= dpkg-deb --info) to examine archive files,
and dpkg --contents (= dpkg-deb --contents) to list their contents.

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Then if you decide to install it you will see this after installation:
[brian@kub ~]$ dpkg -s a56
Package: a56
Status: install ok installed
Priority: extra
Section: devel
Installed-Size: 220
Maintainer: Robert Millan <>
Architecture: amd64
Version: 1.3-5
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.7-1)
Description: Motorola DSP56001 assembler
 a52 is an assembler for the Motorola DSP56001 family of microcontrollers.
 It is capable of compiling the firmware used in Linux' dsp56k.c driver.

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