Sun Solaris 10 - Samba Installation and Setup

INTRODUCTION

This tutorial will walk you through a basic samba install and setup. You should further go through and setup security measures to ensure your server is secure and safe from attacks. We will be using a very basic samba configuration file for the purposes of this tutorial.

This tutorial assumes you have already installed pkg-get and have your mirror set to blastwave. If not, please check my other tutorial about how to set this up. We will not be downloading the source code and compiling in this tutorial.

Let’s open up our terminal and dive in!

# pkg-get install samba samba_client samba_lib
Let pkg-get do its magic (download the file and install it). Answer all the questions,  for the most part and answer of “y” will do.

smb.conf
Next we need to create our samba config file in the following location: /opt/csw/etc/samba/smb.conf
Let’s create the file with either vi or emacs:
# /opt/csw/etc/samba/smb.conf



How to modify the Path variable in Linux/Unix

To view what your current PATH variable is type the following at the command prompt:

  1. # echo $PATH

This will output the PATH stored in the $PATH variable. If you simply wish to add an additional directory, simply do something like this:
# export PATH=$PATH:/the/directory/you/want/to/add
Then type echo $PATH to view the results and to make sure everything worked out. However, you should know that this is only temporarily set for the current terminal/instance you are logged into. If you want this path to always be set then you will want to edit the .bash_profile file which should be located in your home directory. Edit the .bash_profile with your favorite editor. For example:

#vi /home/myusername/.bash_profile

Find the line that states PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin or something similar. And then just add whatever directory you want to have included in the path. For example:
PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin:/usr/local/bin:/export/mycustomerapps



Dropbox.com – Your Free Secure Data Backup and Sharing Solution

So what is Dropbox.com?

Dropbox is an online software that allows you to setup a share folder on your computer that is securely stored on the Dropbox servers in the cloud. This folder appears by default in your my documents folder. Drop whatever you want in this folder (free accounts are up to 2GB in storage) and it immediately gets synced to the Dropbox servers. It takes about 5 minutes to create an account and install the software on your PC. So right away you have a backup copy on a secure online server. So in the event that you lose your laptop or computer HD gets fried, you still have your files safely backed up on Drop box’s secure server.

Access your Dropbox files anywhere!

Yep, that's right. Go ahead and access your files from any computer that you log into. You can access your files directly from their website. Or you can also install their software on the other computer you use and it will setup a Dropbox folder in your my documents folder and automatically update all the files. Once you save the file from one location, that file will sync with the server and when you log on to your other computer that file will automatically refresh to the latest version. Brilliant!

Share Dropbox folders with friends, family, and business colleagues. Read more »



How to organize your Music Library with MediaMonkey

If you have made the switch from iTunes to MediaMonkey, odds are you have a folder structure on your computer with files everywhere and a bunch of album artwork all over the place. Time to tidy things up with the monkey.

You will want to clean up your music files and have MediaMonkey auto tag them, but then you are going to want to organize them on your computer. I like to organize all my files based on genre and then by artist. Here is how you do it!

Use Mediamonkey to organize music by genre.
Select the music you want to organize in your main window. Then click on Tools -> Auto-Organize Files...

It will open a window and show you how your files will be organized in the New Path column.

Edit the destination path with the different variables you would like to use. Be sure to include the entire directory structure on your drive so that they only get moved around within your music library.

After you set it, hit Ok and it will do the rest.

Here is an example of how I organize my music files.
F:\_MUSIC LIBRARY\<Genre>\<Artist>\<Album>\<Artist> - <Title>



Windows Media Center Has Stopped Working - SOLUTION!

I thought I would share the solution to this problem with my readers. I struggled with the "Windows Media Center Has Stopped Working" problem for months before finally dedicating a good few hours researching for the solution. Nothing I found on the web worked, even after hours of searching through Google. And then I while just doing some testing I found the solution to my problem.

Actually, for me, the problem started with my Xbox 360 always losing the media center folders I had setup. I couldn't figure out what the problem was and when searching Google for other people experiencing the same problem, I found literally NOTHING. I couldn't believe. I guess that's why I'm so good at troubleshooting things, I seem to always the most bizarre issues.



How To Backup your Gmail Email Account

I am a big advocate of Google and all their awesome FREE services, however with something as important as email you don't want to be at the mercy of Google. If you don't have a backup of your gmail account you will have nobody to blame but yourself.

Also, I think with the launch of Google +, doing regular backups of your gmail account is even more important than ever. Google is entering the social network sphere and all of us with Google accounts are part of that social network. Now where you can get into trouble, is if Google suspends your account because of misuse. There have been some people that have had their accounts suspended due to violations of the user terms. Most of these people were probably spammers, but you never know, something you might do will have Google's robots turning the suspension switch on for your account. Imagine losing all of your data you have amassed over the years. So here are a few ways to backup your data.



How to Embed Subtitles into your Videos

If you have movies with subtitle files (.srt or .idx/.sub) you know that you are unable to watch them through your XBOX 360 media center and other players that do not support subtitles. It's a shame that the XBOX can't handle these separate files and display your video with them.

There is a work around. You can install PS3 Media Server (initially it was developed for the PS3, however it has grown and now supports the XBOX 360) and serve your files with the subtitles and watch your movies with subtitles on your XBOX. I don't like this method for a few reasons,

1.) This means I need to have another file server software running on my computer to serve the files to the XBOX and then to my TV. I already have windows media center for this.
2.) For some reason PS3 Media Server doesn't allow me to fast forward or go back on my videos that are being streamed. Some do, but MOST don't. And I can't seem to figure out why they don't allow seeking. Sometimes it's with the same file extension, so I'm assuming it has to do with whatever codec was used.

So if you want to watch your movies on your TV through your XBOX via media center and WITH subtitles, you will need to embed those subtitle files into the video.



How to Access your Multimedia Collection from Anywhere in the World

Recently I have been moving my media collection into the 21st century. What does that mean? Well, I'll tell you what it means to me. It means I should be able to easily access my ENTIRE collection from anywhere in the world and with ease.

So how does one do this?

With an investment of time and some money for sure, but the outcome is awesome! You will need the following:

1.) A computer with A LOT of storage
2.) Move all your media to a digital format on your computer hard drive
3.) A high-speed Internet connection
4.) A laptop, iphone, ipad, or any mobile smartphone device
5.) A configurable router to enable a remote connection
6.) Some software for your computer and smartphone (I went through and reviewed quite a few and my final decision was to stick with ServeToMe/StreamToMe)
The outcome of all this will result in our very own Youtube, Google Video, Picasa Web, and Hulu all in one. You will create your own personal media cloud!

Step ONE - a computer with A LOT of storage



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