[Samba] Windows XP client - intermittent 'network name cannot befound' loading profile

miles123 at gmx.de miles123 at gmx.de
Mon May 3 21:21:59 GMT 2004

Hello Tim,

I have verified and recreated your problem.
As soon as I switch SAMBA option security=share , I have
exactly the same problems like you,
when trying to access a SAMBA share
via Windows "Add Network Places"

The only option I have to logon is
(DOOMIT is the NetBIOS Name of my samba server).

HOWEVER: There *aren't any* problems, if I try
to map the share as network drive (via Win explorer) when
SAMBA option security=share.

In Windows Explorer Menu: Tools->Map Network Drive
Click on the "Connect using different user name"
and enter a valid SAMBA user name and password.
Then enter the network path to the share
in the "Folder" Field of the "Map Network Drive" Dialog
click finish and that's it.

Things are different when SAMBA option security=user.
Then I do *not* have any problems to access the share
via "add network places". Here a login-dialog is
displayed where you can enter a user name and password.
Mapping network drive via Windows Explorer also works w/o
any problem.

BTW: I think that in your smb.conf there might by a error:

from your posting of smb.conf you have
valid users = tim chrissy

however, according to the on-line documentation, names in the
valid user parameter have to be separated by comma (,)
So it should be
valid users = tim, chrissy

I hope this helps!


P.S. Perhaps a developer should take a look on this!!

-------------- Original Message ---------------------------------------

Fedora Core 1:Samba 3.0.0-15 trying to connect with Windows XP Pro and

Hello All, I am really hoping for some help on this one. I am going
through the very basic process of trying to learn Samba and get my home
network up -- followed the HowTo verbatim. I have several problems that
are show-stoppers.

(1) I can�ft print. I have a hp Photosmart 7150 installed locally on
linux box and it works perfectly when printing from linux. I can see the
printer from the samba share in windows and can install and
�esuccessfully�f print (the job reads �gremote
downlevel document�h
Status: spooling User:nobody) but nothing prints. Lpq says:
Photosmart7150 is ready
No entries
Zero activity on the printers part.

(2) I can�ft access my share. If I try to go to start�¨run and
\\agamemnon\data the only option for a username is AGAMEMNON\Guest and its

I could really use some help on this. Thanks for any pointers. I know this
is not secure -- just want to prove the concept first.


#My smb.conf
workgroup = archenland
netbios name = agamemnon
security = share
printcap name = cups
disable spoolss = Yes
show add printer wizard = No
printing = cups

comment = Tim and Chrissy's Home Directories
# we set the valid users = to the current share's name
valid users = %S
read only = No
# we might want to set this to No after troubleshooting
browseable = Yes

# this is the main share we run all our files from
comment=Tim and Chrissy's data store
path = /home/data
guest ok = No
valid users = tim chrissy
read only = No
writeable = Yes

path = /var/spool/samba
guest ok = Yes
printable = Yes
use client driver = Yes
browseable = No

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