Samba Access

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Connecting to the Samba server

Mac OS X (10.7)

  1. Launch/command+tab to Finder
  2. Command+K
  3. Enter smb://
  4. Connect (use HPC Center user name and SMB/CIFS password)
  5. Click + button to add to favorites (optional)


If you are using the GNOME desktop, there will be a Menu titled "Places" in the top, left corner of your screen. Click on it to open the menu, and select the option "Connect to Server...". That will open a dialog where you can select the service type, server, etc. Fill out the dialog like so:

  1. Service type: Windows Share
  2. Server:
  3. Share: hpc (for /scratch/hpc), or homes (for /home)
  4. Domain: LUSTRE
  5. Username: your HPC Center user name
  6. Password: your SMB password


The UF HPC Center has a samba server located at

To connect to the available shares click on your Start menu. Where the search entry area is located enter


A login box will appear for a username and password. Enter these and you should be connected to the system.

Note: If you are currently logging into the UF Active Directory (UFAD) domain, you may need to precede your username with "UFHPC\". So, if your username were normally "jsmith", you would instead enter


Changing Samba Passwords

To change your samba password (after your samba account has been created), do the following:

$ smbpasswd -r samba
Old SMB password:
New SMB password:
Retype new SMB password:
Password changed for user <USERNAME>

As can be seen, the command will ask for the old password, then for the new password twice.

Administrative Reset

In the case that a user has forgotten their samba password, their password can be reset by logging into phpLDAPAdmin and changing the values of sambaLMPassword and sambaNTPassword to a known value.

Creating Samba Accounts

Note: This can only be done by administrators

If you would like Samba access to your HPC Center files, please file a help request at