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Old 09-21-2009, 01:35 PM   #1
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Ubuntu Laptop not seeing Samba shares from Ubuntu Desktop

Hi guys,

Have a bit of a mystery here. I'm fairly new to Ubuntu and Linux - although I have been able to install, configure and use a LAMP server in my Ubuntu OS desktop, and then set up Joomla onto the Apache webserver.

I only say that, so you'll see I've been making progress VERY quickly.

Anyway. My problem is that I have set up Samba shares on my desktop. I know that I've been successful because my iMac can read and write to them. Yet, my laptop cannot see them.

When I go into the network on my laptop, it can see the iMac, but not the Desktop.

I have installed smbclient and smbfs on the laptop.

Any suggestions?

Old 09-21-2009, 03:52 PM   #2
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my advice is to make an addition to your
file on your laptop, that will list the IP address and machine name of your desktop. An example is:
Code:  srv1  srv1.localdomain
Then using nautilus (file manager) click on 'Go'->'Location' and type in "smb://your-desktop-machine-name/" and you should see the samba shares on your desktop showing up. At this stage, I tend to bookmark so it's not lost.


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