[Samba] Help to a wet-behind-the-ears Linux newbie

Andrew Fellingham afellingham2 at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 10 16:57:06 GMT 2002

Hi :-)

I am struggling through a RH 8.0 install on a machine we are looking to 
replace our Netware server. I got tapped to do this as I support the 
Graphics Deparment Mac OS ASIP server (running over 2 years now without a 
crash and no outage except for general maintenance).

I am attempting to set up SAMBA to provide file sharing for our Windows 
clients (something not for the faint of heart, I understand). I was able to 
configure both Webmin and SWAT, and can access both services from a remote 
machine, but am unable to see the server (FLASHSRV.WORKGROUP) in the Network 
Neighborhood or when I list all available hosts in nmblookup (nmblookup -d 2 
'*') and nmblookup acts as if the server isn't even available at the IP 
address specified for it. I have checked the /etc/services file and it lists 
all ports properly for the nmbd and smbd Daemons (137 through 139) so it 
doesn't appear to be a port issue. The NIC doesn't appear to be the problem, 
as I am very able to access the internet via ethernet.

I am able to see all client machines in nmblookup and in Network 
Neighborhood, so I suspect it is a problem with my SAMBA setup, more than 
likely something so simple and Freshman that I will kick myself for a few 
minutes as soon as one of you knowledgeable people are able to point it out 
to me. Any help is greatly appreciated as I am (gasp!) almost ready to give 
up and install a Win 2000 Server (something I have wanted to avoid) in order 
to get this up and running.

Thanks in advance

Here is a dump of my samba.config file

# Samba config file created using SWAT
# from (
# Date: 2002/12/10 10:22:38

# Global parameters
	netbios name = FLASHSRV
	server string = %L running Samba 2.2.7
	interfaces = eth0
	encrypt passwords = Yes
	obey pam restrictions = Yes
	pam password change = Yes
	passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
	passwd chat = *New*password* %n\n *Retype*new*password* %n\n 
	unix password sync = Yes
	log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
	max log size = 0
	os level = 65
	domain master = Yes
	wins proxy = Yes
	wins support = Yes
	read only = No
	create mask = 0777
	directory mask = 0777
	guest only = Yes
	guest ok = Yes
	printing = lprng

	comment = Home Directories
	valid users = %S
	create mask = 0664
	directory mask = 0775

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

	path = /home/afelling/DATA

	path = /var/spool/samba
	printable = Yes
	printer name = HP_LASERJET
	oplocks = No

	comment = All Printers
	path = /var/spool/samba
	printable = Yes
	printer name = CITOH_PLAIN
	oplocks = No

	comment = All Printers
	path = /var/spool/samba
	printable = Yes
	printer name = CITOH_PLAIN
	oplocks = No

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