[Samba] Anonymous access to Samba share with Windows XP Home
serrs at theserrs.net
Mon Jun 21 21:51:33 GMT 2004
I think XP is confused on sets of credentials. If you have any
connection to a server as a named user with a password, then subsequent
connections "want" to be that user/password. Once (long ago, 1999?) I
got around something like this by declaring a "NETBIOS alias" in
smb.conf and connecting to the same server with the alias name for the
Other thing to look at: Do anonymous shares work with security=user?
Maybe just security=share?
Charles Collicutt wrote:
> I've searched the HOWTO and searched with Google for an answer to my
> problem but to no avail. I hope it's not too obvious.
> I have a Linux box running Samba 3.0.4 and a Windows XP Home box on
> my local network. I would like to share the home directories on the
> linux box and I would also like a share that is accessible
> anonymously with no password.
> My smb.conf contains the following:
> #======================= Global Settings
> workgroup = MYWKGRP
> server string = Charles' Desktop
> netbios name = Encre
> security = user
> hosts allow = 192.168.0.0/24 127.0.0.1
> hosts deny = 0.0.0.0/0
> log file = /var/log/samba/%m
> max log size = 50
> socket options = TCP_NODELAY
> passdb backend = tdbsam
> #============================ Share Definitions
> comment = Home Directories
> browseable = no
> writable = yes
> comment = Charles' Audio Files
> path = /home/charles/audio
> force user = charles
> force group = users
> read only = No
> guest ok = Yes
> I can connect to the audio share using
> smbclient -U guest //encre/audio
> on my linux box without providing a password, which is exactly what I
> However, net use \\encre\audio "" /u:guest fails on the WinXP box,
> claiming that it is an invalid username or password. Browsing in
> Explorer fails similarly.
> I can solve this by adding an account to my Samba password file whose
> username matches the username on the WinXP box. However, the whole
> point of this share is to allow anyone connected to my local network
> access to my audio share - I don't want to have to add users for
> every laptop that comes into wireless range, for example.
> Why can't the WinXP box connect anonymously when smbclient on the
> Linux box can?
> Thank you very much for any help you can provide.
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