[Samba] Re: samba, RedHat and Windows XP Home

Bob Ramstad rramstad at alum.mit.edu
Tue Feb 10 18:37:44 GMT 2004

It never fails.  I've been beating my head against the wall on this for 
a couple of weeks, send email to the list, and then the solution 
occurs...  apparently this machine is running a default iptables 
firewall, and for some reason unknown to me -- but presumably known to 
the good samba folks -- the combination of Windows XP and Samba 3.0.x 
will not work in this situation even though Windows 98SE and Samba 2.2.7 
were completely happy with the firewall running.

I know the FAQ mentions testing without a firewall, and that's how I 
caught this, but it might not be intuitive to people when upgrading from 
98SE to XP and/or from 2.2.7 to 3.0.x that an existing firewall 
configuration may no longer work.

I hope this helps someone else out. 

(If anyone has a nice iptables config that allows LAN access 
(192.168.0.x) to all ports, WAN access only to SSH, and disallows 
everything else, I'd love a copy...  seems like the only way to 
semi-lock things down given that I'm not sure what XP and Samba 3.0.x 
are doing.)

-- Bob

Bob Ramstad wrote:

> Howdy.  I'm running samba-3.0.2-2 (from the binaries on samba.org) on 
> a RedHat 9 box with kernel 2.4.20-28.9.
> I can access shares from my Windows XP Home box, but the performance 
> isn't very good.  When I looked into this, I discovered that 
> apparently the connections are getting dropped, over and over again, 
> which causes a lot more work, I'm sure.  Here's a snippet from my main 
> /var/log/messages:

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