Long Time Samba No Work-Need Expert Help On SAmba/Networking-Ahhh, Some Success

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Wed Aug 1 02:57:47 UTC 2007

On 07/30/2007 11:45 PM, Leonard Chatagnier wrote:
> Well, after many painful trials involving many posts,
> googles, suggestions and reading manuals and
> official/unofficial user guides, this issue is solved.
> I'm now able to "map network drives" from my WinXP. 
> The solution was to add a line,"netbios name =
> name_of_your_server (no spaces)", from 
> http://doc.gwos.org/index.php/Share_files_using_Samba
> found googling for "ubuntu samba smb.conf" and by
> uncommenting the line "directory mask = 0775" in the
> homes section(this line was uncommented in earlier
> trials but still couldn't map drives).
> I did not see the "netbios name" entry in the default
> smb.conf file or in the Off/Unoff user guides or the
> manuals that I recall. This made a solutions very
> difficult. I desperately wanted an example of a
> working smb.conf but couldn't find one googling or get
> one from the user group.  That would have been
> helpful. I would think the the user group would feel
> that way, too, but no.  Resolving this issue took way
> too much time, effort and patience than is warranted
> and many less determined people would have abandoned
> the effort if they had the problems I did.
> I have some further comments that please consider as a
> critique not criticism:

OK, I I just brought up a WinXP Pro machine, connected to this Ubuntu
7.04 machine  (after supplying the proper username and password), mapped
the directory to drive Z, and I do *not* have any "netbios name" in my
smp.conf file.

In fact, the *only* references that I have in my smb.conf file are:

1. <quote>
# Using the following line enables you to customise your configuration
# on a per machine basis. The %m gets replaced with the netbios name
# of the machine that is connecting
;   include = /home/samba/etc/smb.conf.%m

2. <quote>
# This will prevent nmbd to search for NetBIOS names through DNS.
   dns proxy = no

The *only* directions that I used to accomplish this were in the url's
provided to you in your previous posts/threads.

> 1. Both the official and unofficial user guides were
> virtually useless in solving my problems.  Most
> everything listed I had already done manually and
> those new items that appeared were not plain, clear
> instructions easily followed.  My earlier posts on the
> subject exemplifies that point.

Sorry, but I'd have to disagree. However, look at it this way; you
learned something, and now you have gained some knowledge that you can
pass on to others - just like those that offered advise here, that wrote
the user guides, and
http://doc.gwos.org/index.php/Share_files_using_Samba :-)

  You see, all of that is written by _users_. If you are looking for
professional support please see: http://www.ubuntu.com/support /
I'm not at all attempting to be smug or offensive here, just pointing
out the facts, and that you can purchase professional support. Call MS
regarding your Windows XP share mapping question... last I checked they
charge somewhere along the likes of $50USD per call.


 - glad to see that you finally got it working  :-)

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