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Thread: Connecting Vista to Ubuntu via Samba

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

    Connecting Vista to Ubuntu via Samba

    While trying to connect my Vista machine to ubuntu I get this error message on vista is not set up to establish a connection on port "file and printer sharing (SMB)' with this computer. is my Ubuntu ip address. I have a dynamic ip address and am attempting to connect to my ubuntu machine via network drive mapping. Here is how Samba is configured

    ; General server settings
    netbios name = ajweyer
    server string =
    workgroup = WEYER
    announce version = 5.0

    passdb backend = tdbsam
    security = user
    null passwords = true
    username map = /etc/samba/smbusers
    name resolve order = hosts wins bcast

    wins support = no

    printing = CUPS
    printcap name = CUPS

    syslog = 1
    syslog only = yes

    ; NOTE: If you need access to the user home directories uncomment the
    ; lines below and adjust the settings to your hearts content.
    ;valid users = %S
    ;create mode = 0600
    ;directory mode = 0755
    ;browseable = no
    ;read only = no
    ;veto files = /*.{*}/.*/mail/bin/

    ; NOTE: Only needed if you run samba as a primary domain controller.
    ; Not needed as this config doesn't cover that matter.
    ;path = /var/lib/samba/netlogon
    ;admin users = Administrator
    ;valid users = %U
    ;read only = no

    ; NOTE: Again - only needed if you're running a primary domain controller.
    ;path = /var/lib/samba/profiles
    ;valid users = %U
    ;create mode = 0600
    ;directory mode = 0700
    ;writeable = yes
    ;browseable = no

    ; NOTE: Inside this place you may build a printer driver repository for
    ; Windows - I'll cover this topic in another HOWTO.
    path = /var/lib/samba/printers
    browseable = yes
    guest ok = yes
    read only = yes
    write list = root
    create mask = 0664
    directory mask = 0775

    path = /tmp
    printable = yes
    guest ok = yes
    browseable = no

    ; Uncomment if you need to share your CD-/DVD-ROM Drive
    ;[DVD-ROM Drive]
    ;path = /media/cdrom
    ;browseable = yes
    ;read only = yes
    ;guest ok = yes

    path = /home/samba/
    browseable = yes
    read only = no
    guest ok = no
    create mask = 0644
    directory mask = 0755
    force user = ajweyer
    force group = ajweyer

    any help would be greatly appreciated. The ubuntu firewall is set to allow incoming traffic.
    Please be basic, I do not know many linux commands so if possible, list any commands I may need to open up the necessary ports. I can ping my ubuntu machine from windows and vice versa.
    Last edited by Aweyer2; August 12th, 2009 at 04:49 AM. Reason: Adding Information

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

    Re: Connecting Vista to Ubuntu via Samba

    I suggest these changes in the [global] stanza:
    edit this line: name resolve order = hosts wins bcast
    to this: name resolve order = bcast host lmhosts wins
    note that it's host not hosts

    add these lines into [global]:
    map to guest = bad user
    local master = yes
    preferred master = yes
    os level = 32

    After the changes, reboot to restart Samba and get a browse master election going.

    If problems persist, turn of UFW firewall with this command:
    sudo ufw disable
    just for a time, to see whether your samba config for UFW was correct.

    If you're trying to connect to the share [myfiles] from windows by mapping a network share as a mapped drive, remember you've imposed authentication in Linux by the line "guest ok = no", so if problems persist, change that line pro tem to "guest ok = yes" just to test if you have an authentication problem.

    Reference: The Samba LAN Primer for Ubuntu: HowTo Set up an Ubuntu-Windows Home & Office LAN/Network

    PS: This assumes you haven't set vista to look for a wins server, that you've left vista correctly configured for normal mode communications (broadcast name resolution).
    Last edited by swerdna; August 12th, 2009 at 11:36 AM.

  3. #3
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    Re: Connecting Vista to Ubuntu via Samba

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