Samba Server

Samba is an open source software re-implementation of the SMB/CIFS networking protocol. In an UNIX/Linux enviroment, Samba provides file and print services for various Windows clients. The GWDG offers a samba server called This server is also a member of the active directory domain GWDG. Therefore every GWDG domain user can connect to our samba server without entering her or his credentials again. Here is a short overview of our Samba server

Propertiy Samba-Server I Samba-Server II
DNS Name
Users all users execpt MBPC and MPEM (technical reasons) all users
Server name
Operating system FreeBSD FreeBSD
Samba version 4.10 4.10
AD domain GWDG ./.
UNIX/Linux file service yes ja
Software access yes ja
Print service incl. printer drivers yes ja

Access to UNIX/Linux fileservice

This manual describes how to connect to a SAMBA-share for Windows users.

A guide for Linux-PCs is here and here for macOS users.

Every Windows user can map his UNIX home directory to a network drive on his PC. The following screenshots demonstrate how to map a network drive to our samba server from an windows computer.

Open the windows explorer by clicking on the folder symbol in the taskbar, right click on “Network” an select “Map network drive…” from the context menu.

In the next step, windows asks you what folder you would like to map and to specify the drive letter for this connection. You can select any free drive letter you want (e.g. “Z:\”). The path to your UNIX home directory has to be specified according to Mocrosofts UNC converntion: \\samba\YOUR_GWDG_USERID


If you want your samba share to be connected automatically at every resing-in, just activate the box “Reconnect at sign-in”. The checkbox “Connect using different credentials” is only necessary if you are not a member of the GWDG domain or if you want to connect to the share of someone else. Employees of the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry and employees of the MPI of Experimental Medicin MPEM have to use without thier AD-domain name instead.
Now, click on “Finish”.

If you have checked the box “Connect using different credentials” you now have to enter the apropiate credentials. If you PC is not a member of the GWDG domain, then you have to enter GWDG\YOUR_GWDG_USERID. If you do not want to enter your credentials every time you reconnect to your network drive, please check the box “Remember my credentials”. Click on “OK” if you are done.

Now, you have access to your UNIX home directory via the “Z:\” drive.

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