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Old 12-16-2016, 01:39 PM   #1
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Question Not able to access samba share from Windows

Hello All,

I have configured samba on my Linux Machine but i am not able to access that share on my windows machine.
Can anyone suggest what is the issue.

/etc/samba/smb.conf file

comment = samba
path = /samba
public = yes

Selinux and iptables are disabled

[root@server /]# ll -d samba/
drwxrwxrwx. 2 root root 4096 Dec 17 05:58 samba/
[root@server /]#
Old 12-16-2016, 02:30 PM   #2
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Probably a good idea to advice what distro you are using. I use Centos 6 and log files are stored here:

a look around there may explain what is the problem

testparm /etc/samba/smb.conf
is a useful tool to show you how samba interprets your configuration
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Have you configured the directory in question as shared in the directory properties? That is a separate operation from configuring your smb.conf file.
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Please post your smb.conf and folder permissions for the directory.

ls -l /path/to/share
smb.conf file has a lot of comments. A friendly way to post the contents is to strip the comments with the following command.

cd /etc/samba
sudo testparm -s smb.conf >smb.conf.clean
cat smb.conf.clean
If you get permission denied you can switch to root user first with:
sudo su
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cd /etc/samba
sudo cp smb.conf smb.conf.orig
sudo nano smb.conf
(or other preferred text editor)
make changes, save and close, the cp makes a copy of the original smb.conf file with all the comments and information
 sudo testparm -s smb.conf > smb.conf.master
sudo cp smb.conf.master smb.conf
this strips all the comments and unnecessary info from smb.conf and creates a clean master for future reference and troubleshooting and copies it to smb.conf for a clean smb.conf
sudo testparm -I
to see your current samba setup
 sudo systemctl restart nmbd smbd
sudo smbtree -d3
reloads the samba and nmbind daemons and smbtree -d3 to see how other pc's see your samba shares.
All of this information is mostly for assistance troubleshooting. Setting up samba properly is key, and acc'd to the Samba documentation you might have to make some minor changes on the windows machines too. On Windows are you able to see the Linux computer via "Network" or "Map network drive" using the IP address?

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Old 12-25-2016, 11:41 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone for your help.

I am able to configure it successfully.


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