[Samba] problem connecting to Samba server from windows XP

Mark Liu markliu1989 at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 15 16:16:04 GMT 2003

I run Samba 2.2.8 on my Red Hat 9.

Both smbd and nmbd are running OK.  ps -aux | grep mbd
shows the 2 processes, plus, smbclient works fine,
thanks to Christopher.

The Samba server resides on a host with IP
 I got this from the smbclient run below:

[root at RedHat samba]# smbclient //REDHAT/test -U jack
added interface ip= bcast=

And the IP of the WinXP system is and the
Subnet mask for both my WinXP and Red Hat is

On the Samba server, I've done smbpasswd and added
user tom with password abc123.

Meanwhile, I also added tom with the same password to
my XP system.  My XP is added to the workgroup is
METRAN, which is also set in smb.conf as

workgroup = METRAN

But after I log into my XP with user tom, I cannot see
anything in my Network Places.  Please note that
METRAN is not a valid workgroup in the LAN of my

If I click "View workgroup computers", I get a warning
pop-up window which says:

Metran is not accessible.  You might not have
permission to use this network resource.  Contact the
administrator of the server to find out if you have
access permissions.

The account is not authorized to log in from this

I got confused.  I don't know what problem this is.

Please educate.  Thanks a lot.

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