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SAMBA vs WinXP pro
help configuring samba

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Msg#: 1408 posted 6:38 am on Mar 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have a network win win xp computers, and a fedora core 3 pc with samba. I can't see from xp linux or viceversa.

WIN XP user mike pass mike. IP gateway and dns.
on Fedora I have set ip gateway192.168.0.1 and dns. I can browse through internet just fine.
BUT............. no network yet.

I have created a username on Fedora called mike pass 123456

I have started the Samba configuration window and I have set:
workgroup mshome- as the one on win XP
security>authentication > user mode, encrypted password, and no guest.

I have created a samba user: unix username: mike windows user: mike samba pass 654321

Share: i have shared only for username mike /home/mike witg read and write permissions

And.. in mshome on win XP I can see pc called FEDORA, but I can't browse it.. it says ,, no permission or something like that.

What did I do Wrong? please help me guys.




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Msg#: 1408 posted 5:16 am on Mar 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

hi iahim,

try looking at your /etc/samba/smb.conf file (location may vary).

in the share definitions, check that you have set

browseable = yes
writeable = yes

have you set the user mike's passwd using smbpasswd? (sorry i don't know the gui version)

have you set the workgroup correctly?


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Msg#: 1408 posted 7:03 pm on Apr 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

Have you tried SWAT?

I recently set up a medium sized network similar to what it sounds like you are setting up. I used SWAT to set up my smb.conf file.

SWAT is a browser based configuration utility...sometimes you have to download it separately.


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Msg#: 1408 posted 6:16 am on Apr 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have used swat as well... no chance...... can you send me a smb.conf file to see how it looks?



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Msg#: 1408 posted 3:48 pm on Apr 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

One of the most annoying parts about samba, if you don't know it fairly well, is cross-system authentication. It's a royal pain much of the time.

So, the question comes down to: "Do you need to have user authentication?". If you don't, then set your security = "share". Then you can do away with passwords entirely. This may not be the functionality that you desire, since it allows everyone full access, but in many ways, allows you to get the shares working, and people off your back while you work out a solution to the full on user authentication.


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