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Thread: HOWTO: Setup Samba peer-to-peer with Windows

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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Samba peer-to-peer with Windows

    That's what I was going to do! Thanks Morbius!

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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Samba peer-to-peer with Windows

    Ok, so I'm not sure if this is what I need, but what I need to do is be able to browse files on remote computers on a vpn. The one at my job. Now, I have nautilus elementary with breadcrumbs and when I click on network, it has my home network and the vpn. Now, when I click the home network, it lets me browse local computer files, but when I click the vpn, it just says cannot retrieve list of host computers. Anyone know what I'm doing wrong? I installed samba and set it up but as far as I can tell, its not doing anything different. Im new to Ubuntu and if I can get this done, I can run it full time without having to fall back on windows.

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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Samba peer-to-peer with Windows

    Great set of instructions.... worked well. One thing to look out for though that got me thinking for a while.
    Command for startup is :

    sudo /etc/init.d/samba start

    but for some reason this did not work for me until I realised that the actual command/script is called samba4 and not just samba. So the command line that worked for me was:

    sudo /etc/init.d/samba4 start

    hope this helps someone.

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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Samba peer-to-peer with Windows

    From synaptic on Samba4:
    These packages contain snapshot versions of Samba 4, the next-generation version of Samba. These should be considered _experimental_, and should not be used in production.
    I would not recommend installing Samba4.

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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Samba peer-to-peer with Windows

    Thanks for the heads up..... the good news it works well.

    That would leave me with the question though; I know I have installed samba, but where is the samba command file if not in /etc/init.d/ ???

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    thanks

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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Samba peer-to-peer with Windows

    Samba ( the daemon ) is controlled by the service name smbd:

    Code:
    sudo service smbd start

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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Samba peer-to-peer with Windows

    I have a small private workgroup named RSLHOME consisting of 2 Win 7 PCs, 1 Win Vista PC, this Ubuntu 11.04 PC (MediaViewer), 2 Linux NASs, a USB device server for remoting my printers and scanner and a router for Internet access. All these components are connected together by 1Gbps Ethernet. The user names on all 3 of the Win PCs and the 2 NASs is RSL with the same password on all. All of the Win PCs and NASs have shares. I want to use Samba on MediaViewer to join the workgroup and access shares on the other PCs and NASs.


    I did a sudo apt-get install samba smbclient and a sudo apt-get install smbfs. Then I looked at smb.conf and got my mind blown. Am I in the right place to ask for help in sharing files with Windows computers using Samba?

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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Samba peer-to-peer with Windows

    take a look at this thread that I started with the same issue. I just got this working between 2 win7 and an ubuntu 11.04 machine.


    Hope it helps

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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Samba peer-to-peer with Windows

    Dear Stormbringer , your smb.conf file was the only one that works for me partially. I am able to view my windows (XP) shared folders in the KDE dolphin manager in Networks ..However I am not able to mount the share ..I get the error "Could not resove address for host VIKRAM : Unknown error" where VIKRAM is the XP computer's name.

    From the other perspective , If I share a Linux folder and try to search in Windows network neighbourhood , I am not able to view any folder in the linux box..If I give the IP address to map the drive , it gives the error "could not find //192.168.1.2"

    I have tried changing DHCP to static in host , but still it doesnt resolve the issue.. I have also tried utils like SMB4K , XSMBROWSER and SWAT ..I cannot figure how to get the 2 computers to talk to each other..

    I also tried changing distro from ubuntu to arch and followed the ArchWiki to the letter, but stilll the same problem.(in fact I have a dual boot of Arch and Ubuntu because these are the most popular in terms of package availability as If anything is not available in either , it is not available anywhere in Linux world)

    I am posting this in both Ubuntu and Arch forums so that I get a quick solution from somewhere.
    Last edited by vikrang; August 19th, 2011 at 05:20 AM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Samba peer-to-peer with Windows

    In case you're getting your ip from a router/server via DHCP make sure it's configured to provide a fixed dhcp-lease. If that's no valid option you cannot use WINS ... more on this way down.
    What's WINS? Wouldn't the issue of knowing where to send data be taken care of by using DNS?

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