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I apologize if this has been answered ahead of time, I looked at some of the posts and didn't see an answer, so I am posting it here. I have SuSE Enterprise Server 9 with Samba activated and working. I have mapped drives on my Windows XP box to the Linux server. The problem occurs when I go to access those mapped drives. There appears to be what seems like an authentication time out. After an undetermined amount of time if I click the drive it waits for 45-60 seconds, and then displays the files and folders needed. After a short amount of time not being used, should I decide to access it again, the same thing happens all over again. I wondered if anyone had a fix, or something to try or even a missing config I might have over looked. Thank you in advance for any help anyone has.
Also is there a way to "map" drives from a linux server to a linux client? relatively new to Linux, but willing to learn, to rid myself of Redmond!
I'm guessing you mapped the "drives" via SAMBA. It may be a netBIOS thing if you have more than one PDC competing with your SAMBA server. There are a few other possibilities, one you mentioned could be authentication issues, be sure you've got the correct credentials supplied (I'm assuming you have the setup where your username/pass are the same for windows as your samba username/pass).
As for mapping a drive from a linux box to a linux box, certainly!
Look into NFS. I realize you are new to linux, so the documentation is likely going to seem very cryptic, but do not worry too much. There are a few threads on here on how to set it up, and I've found that it's easier to learn hands on, so give it a whirl.
If you go to /etc and view the file fstab you should see the options used to mount your XP drives onto linux mount points, paste the contents of the file here and it may be more obvious what is going on . Or are you using smb4k?
I have but one PDC, and it's the Linux server. I have Windows XP (the only workstation) attached on my network. Username and password are the same on both boxes. Looking at Samba, and all the credentials for file sharing, what are the "ideal" credentials I should have? There seems like a ton of them. The only one I could understand and am using is "Guest ok" is set to off or no. Will also look at NFS, for my other Linux (Mandrake 10.1) workstation.
I will also look at /etc fstab. Thanks for the help ahead of time.
My understanding of Samba is that the Samba Server is designed to make Linux partitions mappable on Windows boxes .
If you mount a Windows share on a Linux box then mount delegates this process to mount.samba , which I think is entirely different animal to the Samba Server. If you do a man mount and scroll down to the options section you will see an entry for msdos,vfat etc and its these options as specified in the /etc/fstab file that we're interested in.