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Old 04-27-2005, 04:07 AM   #1
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Windows Can't See Linux Machine After Configuring Samba!

finally my eth0 is working :-)...but problem still keep in coming..
i run the samba server in my RH9 and configure all the necessary things..the problem is, my linux machine can see all the connecting PC (linux and windows machine) in my LAN and their share (using nautilus)juz like network neighbourhood..but,in my XP PRO SP2 machine, i juz can see the workgroup define in the samba server but i cant enter and browse the linux machine,anyone hv any idea bout it?

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Old 04-27-2005, 05:08 AM   #2
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Note: in general you do not want just any computer on your network freely browsing your server! This is why you set up network shares. But first - some questions:

By "configure all the nessisary things" what do you mean, and how do you know you did?

(Basically, you probably did not configer all the nessisary things because your windows box on the network cannot brows the linux box and you want it to...)

Chances are that you just forgot to give the win box access to your lin box. But without details, nobody can tell for sure. Tell us about the network - will any user on the linux machine access the win box? Are the users of the winbox known to SAMBA? Did you create the shares for them etc?

Anyway - while you're thinking about this and how unhelpful I'm being... have a look at this:

Have you tried the following excersize -

1. add a user (you say) to the smbpassword file
smbpasswd -a you
(you'll be prompted for a password twice)

2. test this is really there...
smbclient //hostname/you -U you
(You should get a load of stuff about your home directory in the terminal - this test can be used on any of the shares you have set up.) Enter "help" at the smb prompt and you can see the commands available.

3. mount a samba file system normally (sort of)
mount -t smbfs -o username=you //hostname/you /mnt
(your home directory is now mounted at /mnt and should be available to all computers on your network - in general you'll do this for a dropbox directory rather than share your entire personal stuff! Also in general, you do not want other computers being able to freely brows just anywhere on the linux box!)

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Old 04-27-2005, 01:22 PM   #3
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ok simon..i shouldn't say that i've complete all the things..i'm wrong here and i'm really new to this.what i said is,i've follow all the configuration stated in the RH9 configuration book..

jump to the problem, i test my LAN using 3 PC. 2 linux box and 1 of my linux box became the samba server.when i connect all together using a switch, both my linux box can view and browse each other shares file and view the windows box. but, the windows box can't do the the network neighbourhood, i can see the workgroup that i've setted up in the samba server.but, i cant entered to browse for the linux box.

my question is, where i did wrong? is it bcoz of the firewall in the linux box or bcoz of the configuration in /etc/hosts.allow and /etc/hosts.deny?

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Old 04-28-2005, 07:37 PM   #4
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Interesting suggestions - 1st. test the firewall issue by switching the firewall off and trying again. (Another thought: try making a share on the linux box using a vfat partition... it shouldn't matter but just in case.)

2nd. In the event that the firewall is not to blame ... post your hosts.allow and hosts.deny here and we'll see. Without knowing what they are I cannot tell.
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How to solve this issue!

use this line in your CLI

grep -i NETBIOS /etc/services

and you should get an output simular to this one:
netbios-ns 137/tcp # NETBIOS Name Service
netbios-ns 137/udp
netbios-dgm 138/tcp # NETBIOS Datagram Service
netbios-dgm 138/udp
netbios-ssn 139/tcp # NETBIOS session service
netbios-ssn 139/udp

now go into your firewall and allow all 3 ports for TCP & UDP

now try from your other system to see if problem is resolved, in my case it was and was a 5 minit fix time!
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You may need to install netbeui on the XP machine. Back when I had an XP machine, that did the trick for me.
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Can you confirm your distro version.
Why are you running redhat 9?

Samba with that would probably also be an ancient version.


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