I’m a huge fan of Windows on desktop. We can discuss it all day and night and you can’t convince me that Linux is better on desktop. Mac can be, but this article is not about that. My working environment is a Ubuntu 12.04 accessible via Samba. Recently I had need to have access to my home directory via my default share mapped as Network Disk on Windows. Solutions simple as symlink. Easy at it is Samba didn’t wanted to follow links by default.
Here are three lines which you have to put in your /etc/samba/smb.conf file under [global] section:
follow symlinks = yes
wide links = yes
unix extensions = no
Restart smbd and it’s done.