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Old 12-10-2005, 09:27 PM   #1
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Windows XP client to a Samba server


I'm having a heck of a time getting Samba to work correctly.

I'm on 2.6.14-1.1644_FC4 and 3.0.14a-2 of Samba. I've managed to get Samba Web Administration Tool up and running and windows can ping my computer and sees it in the workgroup. but if I try and click the name I get the following error message:

\\samba is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of the server to find out if you have access permissions. Access is denied.

If I try and type the following in the address bar \\samba\share I get a box allowing me to type in the Guest password.. Can't type in another user to connect as.

Here is my smb.conf:
# Samba config file created using SWAT
# from (
# Date: 2005/12/10 22:06:31

# Global parameters
workgroup = WORKGRP.NET
netbios name = SAMBA
server string = MythTV Box
username map = /etc/samba/smbusers
log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
max log size = 50
socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
printcap name = /etc/printcap
dns proxy = No
ldap ssl = no
idmap uid = 16777216-33554431
idmap gid = 16777216-33554431
cups options = raw

comment = Home Directories
read only = No
browseable = No

comment = All Printers
path = /var/spool/samba
printable = Yes
browseable = No

path = /var/share
read only = No
guest ok = Yes

Can someone please help me figure this out?


Old 12-10-2005, 11:35 PM   #2
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1. Try changing the "netbios" name in your Samba config to your actual hostname (I presume your Linux PC is *not* named "samba").

2. I can't imagine that it's still necessary ... but Samba (like Win9x shares before it) *required* that you have the same username with the same password on both the client and the server.

Please try creating such a user (on both the Linux and Windows sides), and make sure he owns at least one "test share" you publish from Samba.

3. On Windows, I can access my Samba share like this:
[Start], run,
\\myhost\myshare (where "\\myhost" is the name of my PC, and "\myshare" is the share)

4. On Linux (Suse 9.x), I usually access Windows shares using the "Konqueror" web browser:


Here's more info that might help:

Last edited by paulsm4; 12-10-2005 at 11:36 PM.


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