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Old 04-20-2005, 07:54 AM   #1
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Accessing a Linux Box From My PC

OK, this is dumber than it should be.

To begin with I'm writing this in a German lavatory.

A little history

I am working with a small consulting firm on a couple of projects. At some stage in their past, a Linux-maven set up a couple of boxes to act as samba servers offering printing, storage and CD burning services. Then he cracked down on security, and left......

As a result only some of the people can access the printers attached to the Linux boxes (Dell servers in this case), others have lost their access rights as they have upgraded their PCs.

The servers are running Suse and KDE.

Digging around a bit, I discovered the root password, I'm not very good at this as my Unix experience is in an AIXworld, and please save the smart comments. Naively, I thought, "oh good, I'll Telnet onto the server from my laptop over the network", the server refuses to accept my attempts to logon, I've tried several different tools to do this.

Which explains why I am in the lavatory, the server is in there and I have to sit on the porcelain chair to use it. I can log in OK, I even started Telnet services, but I still cannot attach to the server over the network.

Graphically its very pretty, KDE looks to make it really easy to use. Unfortunately its all in German and whilst I am happy coping with the every day tasks in German, I'm a bit at see when it comes to an OS I'm not familiar with and an interface I know nothing about.

Ideally, I would like to:

Get out of the lavatory (what do I have to enable to allow this)

Run a suitable application on my PC to access the server (XWindows emulation of KDE would be nice, but in English) from my laptop

Access the Samba system to be able to add users.

In preparation I have started downloading the KDE manual in English.

Suggestions for the software to install on my laptop and what to set up on the server (I have the root password remember and can login in as administrator), would be most gratefully received.

Then help with the next step would be appreciated..

Wheew, I can get out of the crapper now!

Thanks Guys

Old 04-20-2005, 08:09 AM   #2
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There is probably a security thing blocking a login as root over the network. The way to bypass this is (as you are root) to create a user and then login with that username over telnet. Once you login as a regular user, you can su (command for switch user) to root and login with his password. The server should allow this kind of login as it is done localy. Then to create users for samba, run smbpasswd -a USERNAME (to add a user). I really only did that for my linux box, and am not very familliar with all the configuration options, that SAMBA offers. However a good start is the file /etc/samba/smb.conf (or something like /etc/smb/smb.conf).

Good luck getting out of the lavatory
Old 04-21-2005, 02:24 AM   #3
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thank you very much for that information marghorp, I will try iy later today.

Old 04-21-2005, 04:23 AM   #4
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try this as well

i am not sure whether it would work not but, do give it a try

open the /etc/samba/smb.conf file and go the [global] section

look for an entry that looks some thing like

allow hosts = some ips

may be only some ips are allowed and some are not. plz check that.

as the above post suggests, make sure for every user there is a samba account . unless they have an account they can not use the services.

It is possible to map other users (that do not have an account, to the guest account) to allow them the access to the server. but unfortunatly , i dont know how it can be done. plz look at the samba documentation.



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