How to restart Samba service on Ubuntu

This quick post shows how to restart Samba Service on Ubuntu.


sudo service smbd start


sudo service smbd stop


sudo service smbd restart


In fact this should apply to more or less any service in Ubuntu.

When in doubt what services are running try this:

service –status-all

This will give you a list of all the services on the machine.
It looks something like this:

[ ? ] killprocs
[ ? ] kmod
[ ? ] libnss-ldap
[ + ] monit
[ ? ] networking
[ + ] nmbd
[ ? ] ondemand
[ – ] procps
[ ? ] rc.local
[ + ] resolvconf
[ – ] rsync
[ + ] rsyslog
[ + ] samba
[ – ] samba-ad-dc
[ ? ] screen-cleanup
[ ? ] sendsigs
[ + ] smbd
[ + ] ssh
[ – ] sudo

The legend for this is:

“+” = started
“-” = stopped
“?” = unknown

Why something is in status “unknown” I really do not know at the moment ūüôĀ

Install Webmin on Ubuntu server

Hi All.
So I needed to Install Webmin on Ubuntu server 14.x, to make it a Little bit easier for a Linux NOOB like myself to manage my servers.

Searching high and low I have here compiled what I had to do to get this done.

  1. Find a link for the webmin version that should be downloaded and installed here: Webmin Downloads in my case I chose to take the debian package, as I can install this and dependencies this way
  2. On your server do the following commands
    1. wget
    2. dpkg -i webmin_1.770_all.deb (It will complain about missing dependencies if any, but do not despair)
    3. sudo apt-get -f install (This fixes the problems with dependencies)

After a short while you should see a message like this:

Webmin install complete. You can now login to https://linux:10000/
as root with your root password, or as any user who can use sudo
to run commands as root.

Fire up your browser and go to https://linux:10000 (Replace Linux with your servers IP or hostname)

Does not work stil ???

There could be several reasons but first of have a look here:

Maybe you need to configure the Ubuntu Firewall to open port 10000


Open ports in Ubuntu firewall UFW

Today we will take a look at how to open ports in Ubuntu firewall UFW
UFW is short for Ubuntu Uncomplicated Firewall.

Indeed it is right this firewall is really not that complicated.

So I had the task to open a port to my Webmin service located on TCP port 10000

First let us check what is up with our firewall

Give the command : sudo ufw status

Either you will get the response :

Status : inactive

or more likely if you really have the need for opening a port you will receive a list of open ports like this:

Status: active

To                         Action      From
—¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†——¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† —-
22                         ALLOW    Anywhere
80                         ALLOW    Anywhere
443                       ALLOW    Anywhere
22 (v6)                 ALLOW    Anywhere (v6)
80 (v6)                 ALLOW    Anywhere (v6)
443 (v6)               ALLOW    Anywhere (v6)

The above shows that currently my machine will allow SSH,HTTP and HTTPS from anyone who would like to connect to these services.

The security freak will frown upon this. Especially that SSH is open for all, but hey this is how the virtual machine was delivered to me.

So in order for me to allow the Webmin service to be accessible, from my IP address I will enter the following command

sudo ufw allow proto tcp from to any port 22 (Remember to replace with your actual IP address)

If you do not care who accesses this port you could go with the command

sudo ufw allow 10000

that’s it and that’s that!

Note that firewalls may seem uncomplicated, but if you do not think carefully about what you are doing you may open allow for your machines to be accessed by people with bad intentions!

Increase size of VMWare virtual disk

Let us have a look at how to increase size of VMWare virtual disk.

Apparently there are several ways of increasing the disk size on a VMWare VMDK file, so below I will describe the way I have successfully done this in my virtual environment (vSphere 5.1).

(Note: This kind of operation can be harmful to your virtual machines and this information is provided without ANY warranty or responsibility for what happens when you do it! Make sure you have a proper backup before you engage in these activities)


First of all you need to have access to VMware ESXI Shell as described in my previous post.

After this we can start the work to expand our VMDK file.

Step 1 is to locate the VMDK file

  1. Log in to the VMware ESX/ESXi host as the root user.
  2. Run vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms to list the location of the configuration files for the virtual machines registered on an ESXi host.
  3. Record the location of the .vmx file (configuration file) for the virtual machine that you are looking for. For example:/vmfs/volumes/46b2f3eb-ced4c7d8-c1d2-111122223333/vm1/vm1.vmx
  4. The results of step 4 list all virtual machine configuration files. Search the results for the name of a virtual machine file you are interested in locating. The results also list the path to the directory where these files are located.
  5. By viewing* the configuration file of a virtual machine, you can tell where all of its associated files, including .vmdk files, are located. If a file is not in the same directory as the configuration file the complete path is shown in the configuration file. For example, a second hard disk may have an entry such as the one shown below:scsi0:1.present = “true”
    scsi0:1.fileName = “/vmfs/volumes/46b2f3ea-980a1c90-3333-00112233bb44/diskStore/secondHardDisk.vmdk”

    • *Tip: Use the VI editor to view the content of the VMX file

    This information is based on this article from vmware :

Step 2 will be actually expanding the file.

Virtual disks can be expanded using this ESXi/ESX command line command vmkfstools -X:

vmkfstools -X <new size> <virtual disk>.vmdk

Here is an example, use this command to grow the virtual disk to 25GB in size:
vmkfstools -X 25g /vmfs/volumes/xxxx/vmname/vmname.vmdk

  • Changes are made to the disk and are almost instant.
  • Partitions residing within the virtual disks will not resize and there will be unallocated space at the end of the disk.Third-party partitioning tools are required at this point to resize the primary partition to take advantage of the additional space.
  • VMware Converter allows you to specify a new disk size in its conversion wizard. It will also take care of partition resizing for you.


You can read more details on this if you need it here



Enabling ESXi Shell access using vSphere Client

So you need a deeper connection with your vSphere? Let us take a look at Enabling ESXi Shell access using vSphere Client.

Use the vSphere Client to enable local and remote access to the ESXi Shell:

  1. Log in to a vCenter Server system using the vSphere Client.
  2. Select the host in the Inventory panel.
  3. Click the Configuration tab and click Security Profile.
  4. In the Services section, click Properties.
  5. Select ESXi Shell from this list:

    ESXi Shell
    Direct Console UI

  6. Click Options and select Start and stop manually.

    Note: When you select Start and stop manually, the service does not start when you reboot the host. If you want the service to start when you reboot the host, select Start and stop with host.

  7. Click Start to enable the service.
  8. Click OK.

Enabling ESXi Shell access using the Direct Console User Interface

Use the direct console user interface to enable the ESXi Shell:

  1. From the Direct Console User Interface, press F2 to access the System Customization menu.
  2. Select Troubleshooting Options and press Enter.
  3. From the Troubleshooting Mode Options menu, select Enable ESXi Shell.

    Enable ESXi Shell
    Enable SSH

  4. Press Enter to enable the service.

This information is taken from