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when i click on the linux machine icon in my W2K's Network Places, i'm not even prompted to enter username and password; i just get message saying 'not authorized to log on'.
so i have these basic questions:
(1) where do i create user accounts that will be used to access the samba share on the linux machine? on Windows machine, or on Linux box?
(2) should a user's linux login password be the same as the samba password created for this user?
Here is what I finally did. I got Swat going on the same machine that has the Samba shares and I added both a user for Samba in Swat and the same user for Linux the usual way. They don't appear to be the same thing. I was eventually prompted for a user name and I don't remember which one I added. I am still not sure what happened, but I finally got my share in XP Pro. I didn't have any luck adding my XP Pro users to Linux.
The documentation available for Samba is even worse then the usual Linux standards.
Distribution: Gentoo, Kubuntu, formerly LFS, SuSE, and RedHat
In Windows 2000:
If you use the following command in the prompt you may have better luck, and you won't have to bother syncing your Samba and W2k passwords.
NET USE :x \\compname\sharename /USER:myusername
and then type the password in the next prompt (which should ask for it) then you will connect and map the drive to letter X:
This way you can connect to a share with a username other than the one you used to log on. Might help.
SWAT=Samba Web Administration Tool
it's a GUI for creating a smb.conf file without using a text editor, just connect your browser to http://127.0.0.1:901 and (if SWAT is properly set up) you will be able to administer samba.
Swat is a graphical user interface for configuring Samba that works from a browser. It's not impossible to set up. Documentation seems to be pretty complete. It has to be going as a service. You just type http://"Host name":901 and it comes up. Of course you have to have Apache going already on the machine you want to configure, but getting Apache going is a breeze.