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Old 12-26-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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Unable to connect to map samba shared folder in windows


Create a called Shared_folder which can be accessed by ALL users (group name = users). Therefore, in order to map the drive in windows, the user is promoted to enter valid user credentials.


I have the following Shared_folder with the following permissions:

drwxr-xr-x 2 nobody users 4096 Dec 27 00:24 Shared_folder
..and the following Samba config:

    printable = no
    writeable = yes
    path = /home/Shared_folder
    force group = users
    comment = Common Documenets accessible by all users
    valid users = @users
    create mode = 757
    public = no
    directory mode = 777
But it when I try to map the drive in windows im unable to pass the user validation part as it keeps failing. I have restarted the Samba server but still no difference.

Could someone please shed some light as to how to get this working. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
Old 12-26-2012, 09:10 PM   #2
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When you add the users with useradd, add the "-G users" argument to make the users members of the "users" group.

After editing smb.conf, run testparm to check for errors.

Check the logs in /var/log/samba/. Some hard to debug errors may be found there such as SELinux or AppArmor restrictions.

I think the force group will force the group for file creation and access, but not for authentication. If only members of @users are allowed access, using "force group" is redundant.

Also look at group passwords. I've never used them. Normally a user will authenticate with their own password and @users is used for access control. You may need to research and experiment to get it working as you want.

Post the global section of smb.conf. We can't tell what security model you are using.

Last edited by jschiwal; 12-26-2012 at 09:30 PM.
Old 12-27-2012, 12:32 PM   #3
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	log file = /var/log/samba/samba.log
	guest account = nobody
	add group script = /usr/sbin/groupadd '%g'
	passwd chat = *Enter\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *password\supdated\ssuccessfully* .
	socket options = TCP_NODELAY
	delete group script = /usr/sbin/groupdel '%g'
	obey pam restrictions = yes
	admin users = root
	add user to group script = /usr/sbin/usermod -G '%g' '%u'
	null passwords = yes
	encrypt passwords = yes
	passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
	passdb backend = tdbsam
	wins support = true
	dns proxy = no
	netbios name = FILESERVER
	server string = TurnKey FileServer
	unix password sync = yes
	workgroup = MIRAJ
	os level = 20
	add user script = /usr/sbin/useradd -m '%u' -g users -G users
	syslog = 0
	security = share
	panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
	max log size = 1000
	delete user script = /usr/sbin/userdel -r '%u'
	pam password change = yes

	browseable = no
	comment = Home Directory
	writeable = yes
	valid users = %S,atiq

    comment = CD-ROM
    read only = yes
    locking = no
    guest ok = yes
    path = /media/cdrom
    preexec = /bin/mount /media/cdrom
    postexec = /bin/umount /media/cdrom

    comment = Public Share
    path = /srv/storage
    browseable = yes
    read only = no
    create mask = 0644
    directory mask = 0755

	printable = no
	writeable = yes
	path = /home/Shared_folder
	force group = users
	comment = Common Documenets accessible by all users
	valid users = @users
	create mode = 757
	public = no
	directory mode = 777

	comment = Public Folder
	writeable = yes
	guest only = yes
	public = yes
	path = /home/public


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