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Old 03-31-2004, 09:48 PM   #1
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Question Setting up Samba with Windows XP and Redhat 9.0

Ok, this is my current setup, I have one machine running Windows XP pro, and recently I put together an old Gateway ALR 7200 server to run Redhat 9.0. Now I know absolutly nothing about Linux, and was proud of being able to setup my email accounts on this machine. What I want to do is use samba to setup a share between the xp box and the redhat box. Now I use the graphical samba tool to setup a user and select a share directory. However when I see the linux share in my network neighborhood on the xp box I don't have access to it. I have no clue what I need to do in order to begin to experiment with solving this problem. Any information would be extremely useful as I'm a complete Linux noob. Thanks
Old 03-31-2004, 11:00 PM   #2
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Samba configuration files are generally found in /etc/samba. The main file to edit is smb.conf. You'll also probably want to look at your samba log files (/var/log/samba/....)
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Old 04-01-2004, 08:20 AM   #4
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There are several issues that can cause you not to be able to access the files. There is a file called smb users that each user whom you want to access the shares must be listed in. There is also a password file that will probably need to be addressed. The data going into these files MUST be the same as on your windoze machine. You also need to have a look at your smb.conf file. Each share you have has it's own section and will have a list of allowed users. Make sure that they are on the list. My experience is that most issues dealing with connectivity relating to samba (once it gets up and going) are related to file permissions and access. The files you set up to share must also have the proper linux permissions. My first recommendation for someone just starting out with samba is to trim your smb.conf file down (just comment everything out that you DON'T have to have). Get it up and going and then restore items as needed. This usually means turning off security and pam authentication. That's okay as long as your not connected to the world. Try these things and then repost if you still need help.


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