Samba and Passwords

Rob Blomquist rob.blomquist at
Mon Aug 14 21:20:01 BST 2006

>>I can't find a way to make it so that the Windows machines in the
>>house can read and write to the shares without needing a password.  I
>>tried putting "everybody" in the valid users field, however, that
>>didn't work.  Windows still displays a username/password prompt.  Even
>>if I put lsauron (my user name) and my password into the prompt, it
>>still rejects me.  I read through man:/smb.conf(5), however, I didn't
>>find anything there that helped.
>>If anyone has any pointers, tips, howtos, or any other manner of
>>media, I'd really appreciate it.

You need to run smbpasswd with the login names of the users concerned. They all have to correspond to users on the box that Samba is running on. for more detail, see the man page.

Besides, when I run samba for my family, I have found it to be very easy to configure if I give them all logins, and home directories with symlinks to the various drives they need access to. Samba is basically preconfigured to run this way.


Rob Blomquist
Mountlake Terrace, WA

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