Well, I sort of screwed up my thoughts on this and went off in the wrong direction, so........I have an old laptop running xubuntu that has a 750gb USB drive attached. I'd like to set up Samba shares that require a login - ex: folder1 to be accessed by user1. User1 will be running on a Windows machine. I have 3 laptops in the house that I'd like to access their own shares on the 750GB drive on the xubuntu machine. 1 is XP, 1 is Windows 7 and the last is Windows 8. I'd like to be able to do the following: at logon on each Windows machine, automatically connect that "user" with a userid and password to the xubuntu share for that user. That way the users of each of those laptops doesn't have to know squat about shares - just that there is another disk available. It's been a long LONG time, but I remember back when working with Windows shares we would log the user in and connect a logical drive to their share (folder) on the server. I would think I could do the same thing with Samba and the various Windows laptops. I know how to set up a share in Samba. I know how to create a Samba user - but I don't know how to use this on the Windows side logon, connect, whatever you want to call it (or even from another Ubuntu box) and assign a drive letter to the share - something along the lines of //server/share - but I don't remember any of the syntax or specifics anymore. Nor do I remember how to get the default Windows group from homegroup to something like "mygroup" (obviously it will be different from that). So, can anyone point me to a good how-to for setting things up on the xubuntu side and the various Windows laptops? Thanks!