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Old 02-21-2002, 06:31 AM   #1
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Can't see linux box running Samba from Windows machine

I've managed to get my linux machine running Samba--easier than I thought it'd be. BUT...

I can ping the linux machine from the windows 2K box. I can, running a search for computer with the linux machine's IP address, find the linux box. In fact, I can even open it up from Win2K and browse folders, etc.

For some reason, though, the linux machine doesn't show up in the Network Neighborhood / Computers Near Me browser window.

This isn't a critical fault, more just an annoyance. My Samba guide (Slackware Linux Unleashed) tells me that the Win2K box sometimes needs a little time to get its house in order and notice the linux machine running Samba, but I've been waiting for about a half hour, now, and nothing's coming up.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance...
Old 02-22-2002, 02:59 PM   #2
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I'm pretty new to this, but just had a similar prob with Windows ME. To resolve it, I did the following. Go into network neighborhood and add a new network place. For the location I typed \\linux_box_name and that did the trick. You might want to give it a try.
Old 03-21-2002, 07:59 PM   #3
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Samba Box running Linux

Had this problem described before. It turned out to be the default installation of the iptables on redhat7.2 was blocking the port required by Samba.

Try issuing the command iptables -F to flush the firewall settings and try connecting.

Also, if you have portsentry running on the Linux box check the /etc/hosts.deny file by entering cat /etc/hosts.deny at the command line. Portsentry monitors the network connection for ping sweeps e.g. using NMap and it may have interpreted your pings as a potential attack and block the port.

Good Luck


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