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    Re: Howto: Fix Windows share browsing issues

    Quote Originally Posted by Tonyaude View Post
    I'm afraid so.
    Hi DMIZER - Thanks for your help but for me at least this seems to have been a Windows issue. It seems that - Windows Live ID sign in Asssistant - which almost always gets installed by default with the Office Live add in, messes up SMB sharing see:- http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...c-680db85d326c So on my Windows machines I Uninstalled Windows Live ID sign in Assistant, rebooted and all is now working as it should do.

    You may wish to add this info to your original and very helpful post of 25th May 2009.

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    Re: Howto: Fix Windows share browsing issues

    Sensei:

    I've returned to Ubuntu (now I can get my Nvidia graphics cards to function correctly) to discover that I can't connect to the Windows machines on my home network. In Feisty, Gutsy and Hardy all I had to do - straight out of the box, so to speak - was click on "Network", double click on "Windows Network", double click on the Windows PC of my choice and see a list of shared folders.

    Now, even though Lucid can "see" the other PCs :



    double-clicking produces:



    I've spent a few days working through the thread and trying things as I went, but so far, what you see above is the best result I've managed.

    "Asus" is running Lucid
    "Kate-PC" is running Vista Home Premium, SP2
    "Dell-Laptop" is running Xp Home SP3

    All have static IP addresses assigned to their MACs, and each can ping the other two PCs. The firewall on the Windows PCs is the anti-virus software (a version of F-Protect branded by my ISP) and it is set to allow file and printer sharing from the subnet. "Asus" has no firewall other than the router.

    Running findsmb produces:

    Code:
                                    *=DMB
                                    +=LMB
    IP ADDR         NETBIOS NAME     WORKGROUP/OS/VERSION 
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------
    192.168.0.110   ASUS           [WORKGROUP] [Unix] [Samba 3.4.7]
    Running iptables -L produces:

    Code:
    Chain INPUT (policy ACCEPT)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain FORWARD (policy ACCEPT)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain OUTPUT (policy ACCEPT)
    target     prot opt source               destination
    smb.conf is as follows:

    Code:
    # This is the main Samba configuration file. You should read the
    # smb.conf(5) manual page in order to understand the options listed
    # here. Samba has a huge number of configurable options most of which 
    # are not shown in this example
    #
    # Some options that are often worth tuning have been included as
    # commented-out examples in this file.
    #  - When such options are commented with ";", the proposed setting
    #    differs from the default Samba behaviour
    #  - When commented with "#", the proposed setting is the default
    #    behaviour of Samba but the option is considered important
    #    enough to be mentioned here
    #
    # NOTE: Whenever you modify this file you should run the command
    # "testparm" to check that you have not made any basic syntactic 
    # errors. 
    # A well-established practice is to name the original file
    # "smb.conf.master" and create the "real" config file with
    # testparm -s smb.conf.master >smb.conf
    # This minimizes the size of the really used smb.conf file
    # which, according to the Samba Team, impacts performance
    # However, use this with caution if your smb.conf file contains nested
    # "include" statements. See Debian bug #483187 for a case
    # where using a master file is not a good idea.
    #
    
    #======================= Global Settings =======================
    
    [global]
    
    ## Browsing/Identification ###
    
    # Change this to the workgroup/NT-domain name your Samba server will part of
       workgroup = WORKGROUP
       netbios name = Asus
    
    # server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field
       server string = %h server (Samba, Ubuntu)
    
    # Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:
    # WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable its WINS Server
    #   wins support = no
    
    # WINS Server - Tells the NMBD components of Samba to be a WINS Client
    # Note: Samba can be either a WINS Server, or a WINS Client, but NOT both
    ;   wins server = w.x.y.z
    
    # This will prevent nmbd to search for NetBIOS names through DNS.
       dns proxy = no
    
    # What naming service and in what order should we use to resolve host names
    # to IP addresses
       name resolve order = lmhosts wins bcast host
    
    #### Networking ####
    
    # The specific set of interfaces / networks to bind to
    # This can be either the interface name or an IP address/netmask;
    # interface names are normally preferred
    ;   interfaces = 127.0.0.0/8 eth0
    
    # Only bind to the named interfaces and/or networks; you must use the
    # 'interfaces' option above to use this.
    # It is recommended that you enable this feature if your Samba machine is
    # not protected by a firewall or is a firewall itself.  However, this
    # option cannot handle dynamic or non-broadcast interfaces correctly.
    ;   bind interfaces only = yes
    
    
    
    #### Debugging/Accounting ####
    
    # This tells Samba to use a separate log file for each machine
    # that connects
       log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
    
    # Cap the size of the individual log files (in KiB).
       max log size = 1000
    
    # If you want Samba to only log through syslog then set the following
    # parameter to 'yes'.
    #   syslog only = no
    
    # We want Samba to log a minimum amount of information to syslog. Everything
    # should go to /var/log/samba/log.{smbd,nmbd} instead. If you want to log
    # through syslog you should set the following parameter to something higher.
       syslog = 0
    
    # Do something sensible when Samba crashes: mail the admin a backtrace
       panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
    
    
    ####### Authentication #######
    
    # "security = user" is always a good idea. This will require a Unix account
    # in this server for every user accessing the server. See
    # /usr/share/doc/samba-doc/htmldocs/Samba3-HOWTO/ServerType.html
    # in the samba-doc package for details.
    #   security = user
    
    # You may wish to use password encryption.  See the section on
    # 'encrypt passwords' in the smb.conf(5) manpage before enabling.
       encrypt passwords = true
    
    # If you are using encrypted passwords, Samba will need to know what
    # password database type you are using.  
       passdb backend = tdbsam
    
       obey pam restrictions = yes
    
    # This boolean parameter controls whether Samba attempts to sync the Unix
    # password with the SMB password when the encrypted SMB password in the
    # passdb is changed.
       unix password sync = yes
    
    # For Unix password sync to work on a Debian GNU/Linux system, the following
    # parameters must be set (thanks to Ian Kahan <<kahan@informatik.tu-muenchen.de> for
    # sending the correct chat script for the passwd program in Debian Sarge).
       passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
       passwd chat = *Enter\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *password\supdated\ssuccessfully* .
    
    # This boolean controls whether PAM will be used for password changes
    # when requested by an SMB client instead of the program listed in
    # 'passwd program'. The default is 'no'.
       pam password change = yes
    
    # This option controls how unsuccessful authentication attempts are mapped 
    # to anonymous connections
       map to guest = bad user
    
    ########## Domains ###########
    
    # Is this machine able to authenticate users. Both PDC and BDC
    # must have this setting enabled. If you are the BDC you must
    # change the 'domain master' setting to no
    #
    ;   domain logons = yes
    #
    # The following setting only takes effect if 'domain logons' is set
    # It specifies the location of the user's profile directory
    # from the client point of view)
    # The following required a [profiles] share to be setup on the
    # samba server (see below)
    ;   logon path = \\%N\profiles\%U
    # Another common choice is storing the profile in the user's home directory
    # (this is Samba's default)
    #   logon path = \\%N\%U\profile
    
    # The following setting only takes effect if 'domain logons' is set
    # It specifies the location of a user's home directory (from the client
    # point of view)
    ;   logon drive = H:
    #   logon home = \\%N\%U
    
    # The following setting only takes effect if 'domain logons' is set
    # It specifies the script to run during logon. The script must be stored
    # in the [netlogon] share
    # NOTE: Must be store in 'DOS' file format convention
    ;   logon script = logon.cmd
    
    # This allows Unix users to be created on the domain controller via the SAMR
    # RPC pipe.  The example command creates a user account with a disabled Unix
    # password; please adapt to your needs
    ; add user script = /usr/sbin/adduser --quiet --disabled-password --gecos "" %u
    
    # This allows machine accounts to be created on the domain controller via the 
    # SAMR RPC pipe.  
    # The following assumes a "machines" group exists on the system
    ; add machine script  = /usr/sbin/useradd -g machines -c "%u machine account" -d /var/lib/samba -s /bin/false %u
    
    # This allows Unix groups to be created on the domain controller via the SAMR
    # RPC pipe.  
    ; add group script = /usr/sbin/addgroup --force-badname %g
    
    ########## Printing ##########
    
    # If you want to automatically load your printer list rather
    # than setting them up individually then you'll need this
    #   load printers = yes
    
    # lpr(ng) printing. You may wish to override the location of the
    # printcap file
    ;   printing = bsd
    ;   printcap name = /etc/printcap
    
    # CUPS printing.  See also the cupsaddsmb(8) manpage in the
    # cupsys-client package.
    ;   printing = cups
    ;   printcap name = cups
    
    ############ Misc ############
    
    # Using the following line enables you to customise your configuration
    # on a per machine basis. The %m gets replaced with the netbios name
    # of the machine that is connecting
    ;   include = /home/samba/etc/smb.conf.%m
    
    # Most people will find that this option gives better performance.
    # See smb.conf(5) and /usr/share/doc/samba-doc/htmldocs/Samba3-HOWTO/speed.html
    # for details
    # You may want to add the following on a Linux system:
    #         SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
    #   socket options = TCP_NODELAY
    
    # The following parameter is useful only if you have the linpopup package
    # installed. The samba maintainer and the linpopup maintainer are
    # working to ease installation and configuration of linpopup and samba.
    ;   message command = /bin/sh -c '/usr/bin/linpopup "%f" "%m" %s; rm %s' &
    
    # Domain Master specifies Samba to be the Domain Master Browser. If this
    # machine will be configured as a BDC (a secondary logon server), you
    # must set this to 'no'; otherwise, the default behavior is recommended.
    #   domain master = auto
    
    # Some defaults for winbind (make sure you're not using the ranges
    # for something else.)
    ;   idmap uid = 10000-20000
    ;   idmap gid = 10000-20000
    ;   template shell = /bin/bash
    
    # The following was the default behaviour in sarge,
    # but samba upstream reverted the default because it might induce
    # performance issues in large organizations.
    # See Debian bug #368251 for some of the consequences of *not*
    # having this setting and smb.conf(5) for details.
    ;   winbind enum groups = yes
    ;   winbind enum users = yes
    
    # Setup usershare options to enable non-root users to share folders
    # with the net usershare command.
    
    # Maximum number of usershare. 0 (default) means that usershare is disabled.
    ;   usershare max shares = 100
    
    # Allow users who've been granted usershare privileges to create
    # public shares, not just authenticated ones
       usershare allow guests = yes
    
    #======================= Share Definitions =======================
    
    # Un-comment the following (and tweak the other settings below to suit)
    # to enable the default home directory shares.  This will share each
    # user's home directory as \\server\username
    ;[homes]
    ;   comment = Home Directories
    ;   browseable = no
    
    # By default, the home directories are exported read-only. Change the
    # next parameter to 'no' if you want to be able to write to them.
    ;   read only = yes
    
    # File creation mask is set to 0700 for security reasons. If you want to
    # create files with group=rw permissions, set next parameter to 0775.
    ;   create mask = 0700
    
    # Directory creation mask is set to 0700 for security reasons. If you want to
    # create dirs. with group=rw permissions, set next parameter to 0775.
    ;   directory mask = 0700
    
    # By default, \\server\username shares can be connected to by anyone
    # with access to the samba server.  Un-comment the following parameter
    # to make sure that only "username" can connect to \\server\username
    # This might need tweaking when using external authentication schemes
    ;   valid users = %S
    
    # Un-comment the following and create the netlogon directory for Domain Logons
    # (you need to configure Samba to act as a domain controller too.)
    ;[netlogon]
    ;   comment = Network Logon Service
    ;   path = /home/samba/netlogon
    ;   guest ok = yes
    ;   read only = yes
    ;   share modes = no
    
    # Un-comment the following and create the profiles directory to store
    # users profiles (see the "logon path" option above)
    # (you need to configure Samba to act as a domain controller too.)
    # The path below should be writable by all users so that their
    # profile directory may be created the first time they log on
    ;[profiles]
    ;   comment = Users profiles
    ;   path = /home/samba/profiles
    ;   guest ok = no
    ;   browseable = no
    ;   create mask = 0600
    ;   directory mask = 0700
    
    wins support = no
    [printers]
       comment = All Printers
       browseable = no
       path = /var/spool/samba
       printable = yes
       guest ok = no
       read only = yes
       create mask = 0700
    
    # Windows clients look for this share name as a source of downloadable
    # printer drivers
    [print$]
       comment = Printer Drivers
       path = /var/lib/samba/printers
       browseable = yes
       read only = yes
       guest ok = no
    # Uncomment to allow remote administration of Windows print drivers.
    # You may need to replace 'lpadmin' with the name of the group your
    # admin users are members of.
    # Please note that you also need to set appropriate Unix permissions
    # to the drivers directory for these users to have write rights in it
    ;   write list = root, @lpadmin
    
    # A sample share for sharing your CD-ROM with others.
    ;[cdrom]
    ;   comment = Samba server's CD-ROM
    ;   read only = yes
    ;   locking = no
    ;   path = /cdrom
    ;   guest ok = yes
    
    # The next two parameters show how to auto-mount a CD-ROM when the
    #    cdrom share is accesed. For this to work /etc/fstab must contain
    #    an entry like this:
    #
    #       /dev/scd0   /cdrom  iso9660 defaults,noauto,ro,user   0 0
    #
    # The CD-ROM gets unmounted automatically after the connection to the
    #
    # If you don't want to use auto-mounting/unmounting make sure the CD
    #    is mounted on /cdrom
    #
    ;   preexec = /bin/mount /cdrom
    ;   postexec = /bin/umount /cdrom
    and nsswitch.conf contains:

    Code:
    # Example configuration of GNU Name Service Switch functionality.
    # If you have the `glibc-doc-reference' and `info' packages installed, try:
    # `info libc "Name Service Switch"' for information about this file.
    
    passwd:         compat
    group:          compat
    shadow:         compat
    
    hosts:          files mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] wins dns mdns4
    networks:       files
    
    protocols:      db files
    services:       db files
    ethers:         db files
    rpc:            db files
    
    netgroup:       nis
    Your help would be deeply appreciated.

    Last edited by Ambidextrous; May 25th, 2010 at 02:58 AM. Reason: Disabled firewall after dmizer's response #395

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    Re: Howto: Fix Windows share browsing issues

    Ambidextrous

    The only things I can think of to try would be to make sure the 2 Windows machines are in the "WORKGROUP" workgroup and then, on both windows machines, go to the folders you have shared and turn off sharing and then turn sharing back on again. You may also need to reboot the 2 windows machines after doing this, while the Ubuntu machine is running and on the network.
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    Re: Howto: Fix Windows share browsing issues

    Quote Originally Posted by mgmiller View Post
    Ambidextrous

    The only things I can think of to try would be to make sure the 2 Windows machines are in the "WORKGROUP" workgroup and then, on both windows machines, go to the folders you have shared and turn off sharing and then turn sharing back on again. You may also need to reboot the 2 windows machines after doing this, while the Ubuntu machine is running and on the network.
    The Windows machines both belong to the "WORKGROUP" workgroup. (Note the title-bar in Nautilus in the original post.

    I only had "Del-Laptop" available to test with, but I unshared, then re-shared the shared folders and tried to connect from the Ubuntu machine:



    ...and my spirits began to soar...



    Prematurely, it would seem.

    Thank you for your suggestion, but the problem persists.

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    Re: Howto: Fix Windows share browsing issues

    This is an enabled firewall.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ambidextrous View Post
    Code:
    Chain INPUT (policy ACCEPT)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    ufw-before-logging-input  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ufw-before-input  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ufw-after-input  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ufw-after-logging-input  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ufw-reject-input  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ufw-track-input  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    
    Chain FORWARD (policy DROP)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    ufw-before-logging-forward  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ufw-before-forward  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ufw-after-forward  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ufw-after-logging-forward  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ufw-reject-forward  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    
    Chain OUTPUT (policy ACCEPT)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    ufw-before-logging-output  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ufw-before-output  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ufw-after-output  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ufw-after-logging-output  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ufw-reject-output  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ufw-track-output  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    
    Chain ufw-after-forward (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain ufw-after-input (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    ufw-skip-to-policy-input  udp  --  anywhere             anywhere            udp dpt:netbios-ns 
    ufw-skip-to-policy-input  udp  --  anywhere             anywhere            udp dpt:netbios-dgm 
    ufw-skip-to-policy-input  tcp  --  anywhere             anywhere            tcp dpt:netbios-ssn 
    ufw-skip-to-policy-input  tcp  --  anywhere             anywhere            tcp dpt:microsoft-ds 
    ufw-skip-to-policy-input  udp  --  anywhere             anywhere            udp dpt:bootps 
    ufw-skip-to-policy-input  udp  --  anywhere             anywhere            udp dpt:bootpc 
    ufw-skip-to-policy-input  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            ADDRTYPE match dst-type BROADCAST 
    
    Chain ufw-after-logging-forward (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    LOG        all  --  anywhere             anywhere            limit: avg 3/min burst 10 LOG level warning prefix `[UFW BLOCK] ' 
    
    Chain ufw-after-logging-input (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain ufw-after-logging-output (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain ufw-after-output (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain ufw-before-forward (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    ufw-user-forward  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    
    Chain ufw-before-input (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    ACCEPT     all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ACCEPT     all  --  anywhere             anywhere            state RELATED,ESTABLISHED 
    ufw-logging-deny  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            state INVALID 
    DROP       all  --  anywhere             anywhere            state INVALID 
    ACCEPT     icmp --  anywhere             anywhere            icmp destination-unreachable 
    ACCEPT     icmp --  anywhere             anywhere            icmp source-quench 
    ACCEPT     icmp --  anywhere             anywhere            icmp time-exceeded 
    ACCEPT     icmp --  anywhere             anywhere            icmp parameter-problem 
    ACCEPT     icmp --  anywhere             anywhere            icmp echo-request 
    ACCEPT     udp  --  anywhere             anywhere            udp spt:bootps dpt:bootpc 
    ufw-not-local  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ACCEPT     all  --  BASE-ADDRESS.MCAST.NET/4  anywhere            
    ACCEPT     all  --  anywhere             BASE-ADDRESS.MCAST.NET/4 
    ufw-user-input  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    
    Chain ufw-before-logging-forward (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain ufw-before-logging-input (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain ufw-before-logging-output (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain ufw-before-output (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    ACCEPT     all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    ACCEPT     all  --  anywhere             anywhere            state RELATED,ESTABLISHED 
    ufw-user-output  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    
    Chain ufw-logging-allow (0 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    LOG        all  --  anywhere             anywhere            limit: avg 3/min burst 10 LOG level warning prefix `[UFW ALLOW] ' 
    
    Chain ufw-logging-deny (2 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    RETURN     all  --  anywhere             anywhere            state INVALID limit: avg 3/min burst 10 
    LOG        all  --  anywhere             anywhere            limit: avg 3/min burst 10 LOG level warning prefix `[UFW BLOCK] ' 
    
    Chain ufw-not-local (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    RETURN     all  --  anywhere             anywhere            ADDRTYPE match dst-type LOCAL 
    RETURN     all  --  anywhere             anywhere            ADDRTYPE match dst-type MULTICAST 
    RETURN     all  --  anywhere             anywhere            ADDRTYPE match dst-type BROADCAST 
    ufw-logging-deny  all  --  anywhere             anywhere            limit: avg 3/min burst 10 
    DROP       all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    
    Chain ufw-reject-forward (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain ufw-reject-input (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain ufw-reject-output (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain ufw-skip-to-policy-forward (0 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    DROP       all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    
    Chain ufw-skip-to-policy-input (7 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    ACCEPT     all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    
    Chain ufw-skip-to-policy-output (0 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    ACCEPT     all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    
    Chain ufw-track-input (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    ACCEPT     tcp  --  anywhere             anywhere            state NEW 
    ACCEPT     udp  --  anywhere             anywhere            state NEW 
    
    Chain ufw-track-output (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    ACCEPT     tcp  --  anywhere             anywhere            state NEW 
    ACCEPT     udp  --  anywhere             anywhere            state NEW 
    
    Chain ufw-user-forward (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain ufw-user-input (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain ufw-user-limit (0 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    LOG        all  --  anywhere             anywhere            limit: avg 3/min burst 5 LOG level warning prefix `[UFW LIMIT BLOCK] ' 
    REJECT     all  --  anywhere             anywhere            reject-with icmp-port-unreachable 
    
    Chain ufw-user-limit-accept (0 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    ACCEPT     all  --  anywhere             anywhere            
    
    Chain ufw-user-logging-forward (0 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain ufw-user-logging-input (0 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain ufw-user-logging-output (0 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination         
    
    Chain ufw-user-output (1 references)
    target     prot opt source               destination
    This is most likely the source of your problem. Disable the firewall unless you absolutely need it. If you think you must have a firewall, then you probably shouldn't be poking holes in it so that you can share files.

    You can disable the firewall with this command:
    Code:
    sudo ufw disable

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    Re: Howto: Fix Windows share browsing issues

    Quote Originally Posted by dmizer View Post
    This is an enabled firewall.

    This is most likely the source of your problem. Disable the firewall unless you absolutely need it. If you think you must have a firewall, then you probably shouldn't be poking holes in it so that you can share files.

    You can disable the firewall with this command:
    Code:
    sudo ufw disable
    Done... but it had no effect on my ability to connect to either Windows machine. I got the same response "Failed to retrieve share list from server".

    I edited my orignal post with the output from iptables -L after disabling the firewall.

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    Re: Howto: Fix Windows share browsing issues

    Quote Originally Posted by Ambidextrous View Post
    Done... but it had no effect on my ability to connect to either Windows machine. I got the same response "Failed to retrieve share list from server".

    I edited my orignal post with the output from iptables -L after disabling the firewall.
    Ok, make sure the settings persist after a reboot. Also, try disabling any firewalls on the Windows machines as well.

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    Cool Re: Howto: Fix Windows share browsing issues

    Quote Originally Posted by dmizer View Post
    Ok, make sure the settings persist after a reboot. Also, try disabling any firewalls on the Windows machines as well.
    It did persist.

    I deactivated the firewalls on the windows machines and could connect immediately - however, both firewalls were configured to "allow file and printer sharing from the subnet". I need to find out which ports and which protocols are being used by samba and make exceptions in the firewall settings on both windows machines.

    Are these the correct ports?


    • Port 137/UDP - used by nmbd
    • Port 138/UDP - used by nmbd
    • Port 139/TCP - used by smbd
    • Port 445/TCP - used by smbd



    Thank you, Sensei.
    Last edited by Ambidextrous; May 26th, 2010 at 12:36 AM. Reason: Added question about appropriate ports

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    Re: Howto: Fix Windows share browsing issues

    Quote Originally Posted by Ambidextrous View Post
    It did persist.

    I deactivated the firewalls on the windows machines and could connect immediately - however, both firewalls were configured to "allow file and printer sharing from the subnet". I need to find out which ports and which protocols are being used by samba and make exceptions in the firewall settings on both windows machines.

    Are these the correct ports?


    • Port 137/UDP - used by nmbd
    • Port 138/UDP - used by nmbd
    • Port 139/TCP - used by smbd
    • Port 445/TCP - used by smbd



    Thank you, Sensei.
    These are all the ports related to samba file sharing and name resolution:
    • Port 135/TCP - used by smbd
    • Port 137/UDP - used by nmbd
    • Port 138/UDP - used by nmbd
    • Port 139/TCP - used by smbd
    • Port 445/TCP - used by smbd

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    Re: Howto: Fix Windows share browsing issues

    hi
    i had posted earlier in this thread, i finally fixed my problem quite by mistake. sometime ago after i had quit messing with getting samba to work my linksys router went bad and i replaced it with one running dd-wrt unknowing to me my router does dns so when i installed a new ver of ubuntu, ubuntu picked up on this and used my router as a dns server. all i had to do was change the dns's on the older installs to my router and redo my shares in 8.04 i still had the .dmrc problem and followed the usual fix, so now i have xp,win7,ubuntu 8.04 and 10.4 all sharing files nicely.

    i didn't have to make any changes to the smb.conf file or install anything other that what ubuntu does when you first share a file.

    is it passable to install or make ubuntu a dns server, if you have one computer running all the time or the first one you usualy start?

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