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Old 04-30-2004, 08:18 AM   #1
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Samba setup - no passwords

Just installed Fedora Core 1 on a computer on my home network. I am trying to set up a Samba server so I can create a shared directory for my mp3s and other common files. I believe I have everything installed - I know my network is working ok - I can surf from the linux box, and can ping it from my Windows computers (and vice-versa). The linux box appears in the network neighborhood, but when I try to access it, it gives me an error - "\\Server is not accessible blah blah blah. The network path was not found". Any ideas - the following are the 'active' lines in my samb.conf:

workgroup = keszler
server string = server
printcap name = /etc/printcap
load printers = yes
log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
max log size = 50
socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
username map = /etc/samba/smbusers
password server = None
guest ok = yes
guest account = verle
dns proxy = no
comment = Home Directories
browseable = no
writeable = yes
comment = All Printers
path = /var/spool/samba
browseable = no
printable = yes
comment = MP3
path = /mnt/mp3
writeable = yes
guest ok = yes

Also, I use both Windows 98 and XP pro machines - I don't typically use passwords to log in to these machines except for the XP administrator accounts. Can Samba be set up to allow access without user password authentication? If so, how is this done, so I don't have to set up all my Windows machines to require passwords to log on (I realize this is a bit of a security issue, but ...

Thanks for any help.
Old 05-05-2004, 10:14 AM   #2
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I have a smiliar setup, however my smb.conf has an extra line in globals, reading:
security = share

This appears to tell Samba to only ask for passwords for shares, as opposed to accessing accessing the file server.

If you use 'force group' and 'force user' then any remote machine will be logged in as the user and group you specify. This gives you a little control over the security. Setting these to 'nobody' should prevent a password being asked for. The downside is that 'nobody' has fairly limited access rights!

Last edited by jmorse; 05-05-2004 at 10:15 AM.


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