We have a Thecus N7700 Pro running the latest 5.01.05 firmware.
Here's what I want to do, so maybe there is an easier solution to my problem than using symlinks on Samba:
Each of our users has his own folder (user1, user2, etc.) , that only he/she can access. There are also various group folders (workgroup1, departments2) that should be accessible by everybody in that group. As the Thecus doesn't allow applying different ACLs to subfolders (or does it?), I've created all the necessary user and group folders in the root via the web-interface. As Windows only can connect to one folder at a time (two if you use hostnames and IPs), my idea was to put symlinks to the group folders into the user folders and have every user connect to his user folder to access all his group folders too (I'd manually create only these group folders the user needs to see, there are only about 10 users, so I can do this manually).
I've installed META, SYSUSER and FaJoSSHD, logged in as sys via SSH and created the symlinks via ln -s in the various folders. I've then created a bash script that will add/edit "follow symlinks = yes" and "wide links = yes" into /raid0/sys/smb.conf at boot time (via META, and the the values are there at run-time, so that's not the problem).
Still, under Windows 7, I can see the various symlinked folders, but can not access them (it tells me I lack access). When mounting the share in Ubuntu, I don't even see the symlinks. I can access them just fine via SSH and FTP, so the problem has to be somewhere at the Samba end. I know there was a security issue with symlinks a while back, but I managed to enable this feature on my Ubuntu box, using the syntax from above (plus "unix extensions = no", which is already in the Thecus smb.conf).
So is there any way to do this or some other work-around to achieve what I'd like to accomplish?