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Thread: Samba shares not visible by Windows 7 (12.04)

  1. #11
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    Re: Samba shares not visible by Windows 7 (12.04)

    That "shares showing up in Network Neighborhood" thinks is in fact rather complex.
    It used to be a simple NetBIOS feature in that file servers would broadcast their available shares to anyone who cared to listen.
    But NetBIOS is old en deprecated (even by Microsoft) so recent Windows versions (both servers and clients) don't default to it anymore.
    (shares are supposed to be published in Active DIrectory so clients can look them up, and access them directly over TCP/IP, without the NetBIOS layer in between)
    It's possible that recent samba versions, aiming to mimic Windows file sharing, don't broadcast all that stuff by default.

    On top of that, there are a number of settings in samba that can make shares invisible to users that don't have access rights (access based enumeration, hide unwriteable, ... )


    try adding this to a share definition and see if it makes a difference
    Code:
    browsable = yes
    you can check defaults values (not present in smb.conf) by running
    Code:
    testparm -v

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    Re: Samba shares not visible by Windows 7 (12.04)

    Here is an attachment of my setup, nothing in it really.

    The workgroup option in [global] might make the difference, it might help showing the server to all computers in WORKGROUP. Of course, if your friends come with their computers set to their own home workgroups, this doesn't help.

    My file server does show under Network in win7.
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    Re: Samba shares not visible by Windows 7 (12.04)

    Thanks for the reply, I ended up purging smb on server and re installing with min options in smb.conf and all works fine now

  4. #14
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    Re: Samba shares not visible by Windows 7 (12.04)

    Agree with the person who said avoid Webmin I was looking at your Global configuration and was like wow that is huge

    If you want to take your Samba Configuration further and add security

    http://www.howtoforge.com/ubuntu-12....tdbsam-backend

    http://www.ubuntugeek.com/howto-setu...m-backend.html

    I have used both and they both work with Windows 7 hope it helps

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