Classic 68K Amiga SAMBA setup

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SAMBA networking is very useful for Amiga computers, as it allows a fast and convenient way to transfer large files, games or software to your classic Commodore Amiga.

A standard Amiga computer is limited to 880K floppy disk capacity unless you have a CD-ROM drive or other means to transfer files (and burning lots of CDs can be time consuming and wasteful on media).

One option is a direct link via a serial or parallel cable from the Amiga to another PC, or even to use a telnet BBS service to upload and download files - these options can be slow and fiddly to implement.

With SAMBA however, transferring files to and from your Amiga is as easy as opening up a Drawer in Workbench, and dragging them to your Hard Disk Drive or Compact Flash card - and everything can be done directly on the Amiga without having to use winUAE etc!

Basic Amiga 68K SAMBA setup steps[edit]


1. First setup Samba on your NAS, PC or network so that you have a Samba server or host running ready to connect your Amiga to. Make sure your local network IP range 192.168.1.* etc is allowed to connect so your Amiga will see the WORKGROUP and Samba Shares available on the local network.

2. Add a Plipbox to your Amiga and have it setup with MiamiDX or similar TCP/IP stack so you have internet and Network connectivity available on the Amiga - see instructions and information here: Commodore Amiga Plipbox Ethernet Adapter

(I recommend MiamiDX as it seems to "just work"!! Although on classic Amigas with less RAM you may need something a little leaner)

3. Using your newly setup Plipbox download the following files from here: Amiga 68K Samba files to your Amiga, or transfer them initially by other means you may already have.

You now should have these in a folder on your Amiga:


Preparing Samba Files and Install

Step A - Find the Samba 2.2.5 Archive (Samba-base.lha) and unarchive it to RAM:

Step B - Find the Samba 2.2.5 Binary (Samba-bin-68k.lha) and unarchive it to RAM: (this file contains all the 68k specific binaries for use in this installation)

Step C - Find the smbfs-68k.lha file and unarchive it to RAM:

Step D - Open up your RAM disk, (double click) the drawer 'Samba-2.2.5' and rename the drawer within from being called 'install' to just be now called 'samba'

Step E - Back in your RAM disk, there should be another drawer just called 'install', you can open this and drag the contents into the new 'samba' drawer within 'Samba-2.2.5'

Step F - Now also in RAM, open the drawer called 'smbfs-1.74-68k' and drag the 'smbfs' file also into your new 'samba' drawer that is within 'Samba-2.2.5'.

You should end up with a 'samba' drawer with contents like this: Amiga-samba-drawer-screenshot.jpg

Important: You now should create a couple of extra folders within your 'samba' drawer, they may be required when actually using Samba. So if you don't already have them create a 'log' drawer and within the 'log' drawer also make a 'locks' drawer.

Setting Up Samba

Step G - Now simply copy your 'samba' drawer that you've got ready to your SYS: or Workbench boot volume.

Step H - Back in your RAM: volume you can now unpack and install SMBmounter, which is a nice GUI samba mount application to make using Samba very easy within Workbench.

Step I - Now open your 'User-Startup' file in a text editor (User-Startup should be located in SYS:S/ drawer) then add the following just before ;BEGIN MUI or with your other ASSIGNS:

Assign Samba: SYS:Samba
Path Samba:bin add
 ;end Samba

Step J - Next open up your smb.conf file located in SYS:S/samba/lib/smb.conf and add or update the following entries in [global] (set these to your requirements and uncomment if not active):

workgroup = WORKGROUP
netbios name = AMIGA
hosts allow = 192.168.1.*
security = user
password level = 20
username level = 20
log file = /t/samba/log/samba.%m.log

Step K - Now you should have the basics in place to use SAMBA!!! Just reboot your Amiga, load up MiamiDX (or the TCP/IP stack you're using with your Plipbox that you've already setup to use the internet with) and run SMBmounter to mount your SAMBA shares as volumes in Workbench!! Hooray!!!

(Note: If you're unsure how to mount your shares in SMBMounter just test first with the QuickMount option, pressing the '?' button to search for shares on the network)