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Thread: Samba config help - cannot "see" Windows network or printers

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2010

    Samba config help - cannot "see" Windows network or printers

    Hi all,

    I am running Ubuntu 10.10 on a Compaq nc6220. I have a Windows Network and all machines belong to MSHOME group. I am running 2 Ubuntu systems (10.10 and 10.04), 2 XP, and 2 Win7 systems. I have the internet wired to one XP and one Win 7. The rest connect wirelessly. I have no problem sharing the internet connection. The Windows machines can all see each other, but not the Ubuntu machines (and I don't care if they can). The printers are connected to an XP machine.

    I really want the Ubuntu machines to be able to see the Windows Network and share the printers. The funny thing is that I had this working at one point. I didn't do anything special to get it working, it just did (I think it was on 9.1 and 10.04). Suddenly, however, it no longer worked on that machine, and I have never got it working on my 10.10 machine.

    Any assistance would be appreciated.

    Output from Ubuntu 10.10 Machine:

    testparm -s
    Load smb config files from /etc/samba/smb.conf
    rlimit_max: rlimit_max (1024) below minimum Windows limit (16384)
    Processing section "[printers]"
    Processing section "[print$]"
    Loaded services file OK.
    Server role: ROLE_STANDALONE
    workgroup = MSHOME
    server string = %h server (Samba, Ubuntu)
    map to guest = Bad User
    obey pam restrictions = Yes
    pam password change = Yes
    passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
    passwd chat = *Enter\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *password\supdated\ssuccessfully* .
    username map = /etc/samba/smbusers
    unix password sync = Yes
    syslog = 0
    log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
    max log size = 1000
    dns proxy = No
    usershare allow guests = Yes
    panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d

    comment = All Printers
    path = /var/spool/samba
    create mask = 0700
    printable = Yes
    browseable = No

    comment = Printer Drivers
    path = /var/lib/samba/printers
    read only = No
    guest ok = Yes

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Al Ain

    Re: Samba config help - cannot "see" Windows network or printers


    The upper layers will not work if the lower layers are broken.

    Check all the basics:

    1. Are the Windows and Linux machines on the same subnet?
    Linux: $ /sbin/ifconfig
    Windows: c:\> ipconfig /all

    2. Try to connect to the Windows machine from Linux:
    $ telnet win.dows.ip.address 445

    3. If you cannot connect, confirm that Server is running on Windows and that the Windows firewall is open.
    c:\> net stop server
    c:\> net start server
    c:\> telnet localhost 445

    Once all of that works, try smbclient. it will show you the low level error messages received from Windows. For example, if your password is expired, smbclient will tell you:


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