This is yet another version of the "Unable to mount location - Failed to retrieve share list from server" problem when I attempt to browse (Windows) shares and mount them on my Linux machine. Internet searches indicate many of occurrences of this problem. This has a bit of a different twist and I'm thoroughly baffled. I appreciate any help/suggestions and if we're able to solve the issue, hopefully it will be of use to somebody else...
My scenario: I'm running LinuxAV v6.0.1b (a Debian build). I'm trying to connect it to a domain (not a workgroup) and access files on a server running Windows Server 2008 R2.
What is unusual is that it was working properly and then stopped. I was able to click on Network from Nautilus (2.30.1) -> Microsoft Network -> see share and click/mount them. Suddenly it stopped. In fact, for a period of time I had a mounted link to the Microsoft server working just fine, I could see/access files, but my Nautilus browse of the network gave me the "... failed to retrieve share list..." error. This became permanent after I dismounted the working share (via reboot).
I've tried the usual fixes of editing the smb.conf file with the "name resolve order = bcast host lmhosts wins" line, accessing my server from Nautilus using "smb://192.168.1.2", and fidgeting with firewall settings - none of these worked. I've installed some smb futilities (utilities
); I've installed some Windows compatibility features but none have helped. Again, all was working before I've tried these fixes.
What may be of interest is that the first time I attempt to access the network from Nautilus, I get the message: Could not display "network:///" Error: Location is already mounted Please select another viewer and try again. At this point the "Windows Network" icon appears. If I subsequently click on the Windows Network icon I always get the "standard" Unable to mount location Failed to retrieve share list from server message. I have no idea what "network:///" is or if it has any relevance to this issue.
Since it was working, what changed? I added a network printer on the Windows Server machine and I defined a computer ("LinuxAV") and user ("LinuxUser") also on the Windows Server. I don't remember if it was at that point that things went sour. Subsequent to that, I've tried many things (the above and other things - many of which were additional smb.conf edits/additions). I have restored my smb.conf file to its original form and removed the LinuxAV (computer) and LinuxUser (user) definitions from the Windows Server (Active Directory). As best I can tell/remember, my Linux and Windows machines are as they were when things worked (although I might have missed something?). Network browse for shares and access still don't work.
I can ping the Windows server just fine. Printing to the network printer (attached to the Windows server) from the Linux machine works just fine. I can't imagine how removing the network printer would help. In my latest attempt I actually got a "Opening Windows Network you can stop this by hitting cancel" message/window but it ultimately reverted to the "Unable to mount location - Failed to retrieve share list from server" message.
I appreciate any thoughts/ideas/explanations! (Thank you!)