[Samba] using samba over AT@T broadband

James T Prejsnar prejsnar at attbi.com
Tue Oct 1 03:42:01 GMT 2002

Hello.  I'm a Graduate Student, and I'm trying to set up Samba on my
Solaris 2.8 box so that my team members can network map their home
accounts from my Solaris box onto their PC.


Everything works great within my home. (i.e. I have a home network, and
all my PC's can mount my UNIX home directory.)


My problem:  I can't network map my Home Directory outside my local
subnet.  (i.e. I get the following Windows error message:  Can't find
location or something in effect that it can't find my Solaris box)  I
can ping and telnet to my Solaris box outside AT&T's subnet, but I can't
use samba.  There are no logs created in /usr/local/samba/var for the PC
connecting.  I even tried to create a lmhosts file on the PC outside my
subnet, but that didn't help


I've been reading the samba news-groups and using google.com, but
nothing is helping me.  I just want to map my home directory by doing
the following within the map network drive dialog:
\\65.96.xxx.xxx\username <file:///\\65.96.xxx.xxx\username>   outside my



1.	Samba Version: 2.2.2
2.	OS: Solaris 2.8 with all the recommended OS patch from SUN -
SunOS unknown 5.8 Generic_108528-15 sun4u sparc SUNW,Ultra-1
3.	/etc/services file contains:

netbios-ns      137/tcp                         # NETBIOS Name Service

netbios-ns      137/udp                         # NETBIOS Name Service

netbios-dgm     138/tcp                         # NETBIOS Datagram

netbios-dgm     138/udp                         # NETBIOS Datagram

netbios-ssn     139/tcp                         # NETBIOS Session

netbios-ssn     139/udp                         # NETBIOS Session

4.	/etc/inetd.conf file contains:


# Jim Prejsnar added for Samba support


netbios-ssn stream tcp nowait root /usr/local/samba/bin/smbd

netbios-ns dgram udp wait root /usr/local/samba/bin/nmbd

5.	/usr/local/samba/lib/smb.conf file contains:

# This is the main Samba configuration file. You should read the

# smb.conf(5) manual page in order to understand the options listed

# here. Samba has a huge number of configurable options (perhaps too

# many!) most of which are not shown in this example


# Any line which starts with a ; (semi-colon) or a # (hash) 

# is a comment and is ignored. In this example we will use a #

# for commentry and a ; for parts of the config file that you

# may wish to enable


# NOTE: Whenever you modify this file you should run the command

# to check that you have not many any basic syntactic errors. 


#======================= Global Settings


        log file = /usr/local/samba/var/log.%m

        encrypt passwords = yes

        update encrypted = yes

        smb passwd file = /usr/local/samba/private/smbpasswd

        username map = /usr/local/samba/lib/user.map

        valid users = @metcs673

        force group = metcs673

        server string = Prejsnar's SaMBa Server

        log level = 3

        password level = 2

        security = user

        default = homes

        sync always = yes

        preserve case = yes

        mangled names = no

        max log size = 50

        netbios name = METCS673

        max disk size = 1024

        hide dot files = yes

        invalid users = root, admin, administrator, mail, deamon

        fstype = NTFS

        dos filemode = yes

        map system = yes

        map hidden = yes

        map archive = yes

        socket options = TCP_NODELAY

        guest account = nobody

        guest ok = no

        guest only = no

        map to guest = never

        workgroup = MET-CS-673

        os level = 32

        preferred master = yes

        ;local master = yes

        domain master = yes

        wins support = yes 

        ;wins proxy = yes 

        ;dns proxy = yes

        wins server =

        name resolve order = lmhosts wins host bcast


        comment = temporary directory

        path = /home/tmp

        read only = no

       writable = yes

        browseable = yes

        preserve case = yes

        case sensitive = no

        hide dot files = yes



       comment = Home Directories

        read only = no

       writable = yes

        browseable = yes

        create mode = 0750

        create mask = 0750

        preserve case = yes

        case sensitive = no

        hide dot files = yes



       comment = MetCS 673 Class Project

       path = /home/project

        read only = yes

       writable = no

        browseable = yes

        preserve case = yes

        case sensitive = no

        hide dot files = yes


6.	I have a proper user.map file and samba password file in place.
Because I can connect within my home network.
7.	When I do a "ps -u 0" I do see the smbd and nmbd process, but
why do I have 2 nmbd process?
8.	When I try to connect outside the AT&T's subnet there are no log
files created in /usr/local/samba/var for that particular PC.
9.	Samba would make the graduate class run smoother for the nine
people in my project.  Not all of my project members know what UNIX is,
only 2 out of the nine.
10.	 I even opened the following ports on my router:  135/TCP,
137/UDP, 138/UDP, 139/TCP, and 445/TCP, and this didn't help.  I
eventually broke down and directly connected my Solaris Box to my Cable
Modem, but again this didn't help.


Thanks, Jim Prejsnar




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