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Old 06-21-2012, 08:39 AM   #1
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need urgent help regarding samba server on fedora 16

I have installed samba server on fedora 16. I shared home folder using [homes] stanza. When I tried to access it from remote windows machine I could see the home folder but could not access it. It says access denied.I am pasting the content of my smb.conf file. Please help!!

# Samba config file created using SWAT
# from UNKNOWN (
# Date: 2012/06/21 16:56:29

workgroup = ASIA
server string = Samba Server Version %v
log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 50
max protocol = SMB2
idmap config * : backend = tdb
cups options = raw

comment = All Printers
path = /var/spool/samba
printable = Yes
print ok = Yes
browseable = No

comment = Home Directories
browseable = no
writeable = yes
valid users = %s
create mask = 0777
directory mask = 0777
Old 06-21-2012, 12:37 PM   #2
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You should read the sticky for the forum - putting urgent is not a good idea (its only urgent to you - an by the looks of it I'm afraid your issue is not really life or death urgent, at least to me!)

Is SELinux or your firewall enabled?

service iptables status
If you think one of these might be the culprit then temporarily disable it and confirm:

setenforce 0

service iptables stop
Then you should know if you need to do either/both of the below.

To configure SELinux:

setsebool -P samba_enable_home_dirs=1
Restart samba:

service smb restart

Firewall; ports 137, 138, 139, & 445 need to be allowed access which you can do by adding the following to /etc/sysconfig/iptables (before the log and drop lines):

-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -s -m state --state NEW -p tcp --dport 137 -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -s -m state --state NEW -p tcp --dport 138 -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -s -m state --state NEW -p tcp --dport 139 -j ACCEPT
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -s -m state --state NEW -p tcp --dport 445 -j ACCEPT

service iptables restart
Hope this helps.
Old 06-22-2012, 12:16 AM   #3
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Actually I had to configure the samba server by today. That is the reason I posted it as urgent.Anyways, I am sorry and I will go through the sticky. I tried the solution you told, selinux was set to permissive and I disabled the iptables. The situation is a little better I guess, I could see the home directory and once I click on it, It asks for a login and even though I enter the correct credentials, It throws an access denied message as in the attachment.

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Old 06-22-2012, 01:53 AM   #4
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Samba uses different password than the one set by passwd (that update files such as /etc/passwd, /etc/shadow).
Use the command
smbpasswd -a bob
to set Samba passw ord for user named bob.

Besides, I strongly recommend you to follow the advices given by maccas17.
Keep SELinux and iptables enabled.
What he gave you should work. Maybe you will need to read some man pages and adapt it to your situation.


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