I found this nice short guide for getting samba up and running. I always dread messing with samba because of problems I’ve had in the past. I had decided that I wanted normal user level security for when someone logs onto a share. This was a cleaner setup than my previous where I mapped every connection to a guest user account and automatically gave read/write access to specific IPs.
Next on the list: lvm setup to group several partitions and drives, nightly backups.