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How to connect to Linux Samba shares from Windows 10

If you’re having trouble figuring out how to connect Windows 10 to your data center’s Samba shares, Jack Wallen eases your concern with the simple steps to get this working.

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When Windows 10 was released, it apparently broke the ability to easily connect to Linux Samba shares. Considering the number of companies that rely on Samba for folder sharing, this was a misstep on Microsoft’s part. Fortunately, the ability to connect to Samba shares was not removed from the Windows platform, but was simply hidden a bit out of sight.

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I want to walk you through the process of making that connection between Windows 10 and your Linux shares.

I’ll assume you have Windows 10 installed on one machine (or multiple machines) and a portion of Samba ready from your data center. With that said, let’s get connected.

Connection to your server

Open File Explorer and right-click This PC (in the left pane. In the resulting context menu, select Add a network location (.

A new wizard will open that guides you through the process of creating a shortcut for a new network location in File Explorer. Click Next on the welcome window. On the resulting screen ), click Choose a custom network location (the only option), and then click Next.

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Next, you need to enter the IP address of your Samba server ) in the form of // SERVER_IP / SHARE (where SERVER_IP is the IP address of your Samba server and SHARE is the name of the part you want to add.

Click Next to continue. In the next window ), enter a name for the network location. A default name will be collected by the Samba server, you can use it or enter a custom name that makes it easier for you to remember where the part is or what is hosted within the part.

Click Next to reach the final screen of the wizard. Here ) click Finish and the share is ready for use.

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And that’s all it takes to connect a Windows 10 machine to a shared Samba in your data center. It’s not as easy as before, but the feature is still there.

Do not worry

After listening to several people asking me why Microsoft had to break the Windows-Samba connection, I am happy to tell you that it is, in fact, not broken. Although it is a bit hidden, it can still make the connection between the desktop and the data center so necessary.

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