Connecting to a Samba share over OpenVPN
This example is intended show how OpenVPN clients can connect to a Samba share over a routed dev tun tunnel. If you are ethernet bridging (dev tap), you probably don’t need to follow these instructions, as OpenVPN clients should see server-side machines in their network neighborhood.
For this example, we will assume that:
- the server-side LAN uses a subnet of 10.66.0.0/24,
- the VPN IP address pool uses 10.8.0.0/24 (as cited in the server directive in the OpenVPN server configuration file),
- the Samba server has an IP address of 10.66.0.4, and
- the Samba server has already been configured and is reachable from the local LAN.
If the Samba and OpenVPN servers are running on different machines, make sure you’ve followed the section on expanding the scope of the VPN to include additional machines.
Next, edit your Samba configuration file (smb.conf). Make sure the hosts allow directive will permit OpenVPN clients coming from the 10.8.0.0/24 subnet to connect. For example:
hosts allow = 10.66.0.0/24 10.8.0.0/24 127.0.0.1
If you are running the Samba and OpenVPN servers on the same machine, you may want to edit the interfaces directive in the smb.conf file to also listen on the TUN interface subnet of 10.8.0.0/24:
interfaces = 10.66.0.0/24 10.8.0.0/24
If you are running the Samba and OpenVPN servers on the same machine, connect from an OpenVPN client to a Samba share using the folder name:
If the Samba and OpenVPN servers are on different machines, use folder name:
For example, from a command prompt window:
net use z: \\10.66.0.4\sharename /USER:myusername