[lug] Samba 2.2.3a-6 on Redhat 7.3

Dan Julio djulio99 at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 6 09:49:59 MST 2002


Let me preface this by saying that I'm no expert and
my goals weren't the same as yours (e.g. I just needed
to allow one user - me) ... but I just got samba
working for some XP and OS X clients on my home
network (2.2.3a-6 on a Redhat 7.3 machine).

I used the web-based configurator (SWAT) to edit my
smb.conf.  I found the following fields to be

- Global Variables/hosts allow : I had to correctly
specify my local network (e.g.

- Shares : I had to add shares for each filesystem I
wanted to export.  I have two exported filesystems. 
The fields that were important where "path", "valid
users", "read only" and "browseable".  I listed myself
as a valid user, set read only to no and browseable to

- Passwords : I don't know if this step was necessary
but I added my user account to both "Server Password
Management" and "Client/Server Password Management".

After I did all of this I still couldn't mount
filesystems from either XP or OS X although TCP/IP was
obviously working and the client machines could see
the server.  What did it for me, believe it or not,
was making sure that the client machines were listed
in the my server's /etc/hosts file.

If you want I could email you my smb.conf file for
comparison purposes.

Good luck, Dan

--- "Michael J. Hammel" <mjhammel at graphics-muse.org> 
> You know, everyone keeps telling me how easy this
> is, but I still can't get my
> XP box to connect to my Linux box.  I'm pretty sure
> it's a user authentication
> issue, but I don't know what user to add to Samba so
> my wife's XP box can
> connect to my Linux box.  I've run most of the tests
> listed in
> http://hr.uoregon.edu/davidrl/DIAGNOSIS.txt and the
> ones that are causing
> problems are the ones from the XP (re: client) side.
> Note:
> 1. I can ping from the Linux server from the XP
> client.
> 2. The XP client is already accessing the Internet
> (via IE) by using the Linux
>    box as a gateway.  
> In other words, the TCP/IP stuff is working in
> general.  The problem is an
> authentication issue.
> Some questions:
> 1. I want to make the Samba stuff password free if
> possible, with any user on
>    the local network granted access to shared
> resources on my Linux box.  What
>    do I need to do to make this happen?  Would
> posting my smb.conf make that
>    easier to determine?  I hesitate to post files in
> discussion groups without 
>    asking first.
> 2. The local network is behind a firewall.  I allow
> no incoming connections.  I
>    allow some local internal connections, such as
> NFS.  Do I need to add an
>    ipchains entry for Samba?  If so, what would such
> an entry look like?
> I added a user "nobody" to Samba via smbpasswd:
>    smbpasswd -a nobody
> and just hit ENTER for the password.  Is this
> considered a null password?  

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