SAMBA network disk - user’s guide: Introduction

User’s guide for SAMBA network disk fot research groups.

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Service description

SAMBA network disk (also known as CIFS) maps a remote disk over the network that behaves on the workstation as a local disk. 


The network disk presents some advantages over the local disks, such as:

  • Anytime, anywhere data disposal: any computer with internet connection can securely access the data.
  • File system permission: The access to the files is protected with a password.
  • Quota: there’s no quota in this service.  
  • Backup: the contents of the network disks are backed up every night.


But also it presents some inconveniences:

  • Speed: Local disk will always be faster than a network disk.
  • Needs VPN or corporate network: SAMBA doesn’t work without this kind of connection.  

Service details

All shared folders are hosted on the server, exported over CIFS protocol. This protocol allows Linux, Unix, Windows and MacOS X clients.

There are two kinds of drives to map: personal drives and shared drives.

  • Personal drives are private: only the user can read, write and modify contents on the network disk. Each user has a personal area identified by the address<username>.
  • Shared drives are collaborative work areas where the group of users share rights to read, write, modify and even delete the documents inside. Shared drives are created on demand and stand on the address<resource>. The resource is the name of the shared project. There is a group of users for each shared drive. Only users who belong to the group will have access to the resource.
Shared drive Content Backup Acess control
// Private user data Diary incremental, weekly total, 2-weeks retention on the disk Private user
// Collaborative project data Diary incremental, weekly total, 2-weeks retention on the disk Group membership
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