SOME Suggestions on [Samba] Can't the very basic stuff to work

miles123 at miles123 at
Tue May 4 05:27:01 GMT 2004

Hello Eric,

can you pls. help me understand follwoing:
You wrote that: "Simple File Sharing" forces all
shares to be accessed as Guest. 
But, isn't that valid only for the paricular Win-XP computer ?

So, if you set "Simple File Sharing" on a particular Win-XP computer,
then all accesses to shares located on and exported by 
that particular computer will be mapped to Guest user.

But is this also valid, if that particular Win-XP computer
wants to access exported shares by and located on another system, e.g.
SAMBA server ? I mean does the "Simple File Sharing",
setting on a client has any influence on how accesses
are mapped to user on the server ? 

I tested with  "Simple File Sharing", on and off but no changes.


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

"Simple File Sharing" - My Computer window, Tools menu, Folders Options,
View tab, Advanced settings, then check box at bottom of the list (usually).

As for the constant username and password prompts, that's something
different.  You have to get into the Security Settings, Password Policy.
The Local Security Policy shortcut, in the Administrative Tools is the way
you would get at that.  It took me a while to find that one.  I believe the
policy that you are looking for is the "Minimum password length".  Set it to
"0", according to the Help info, that is supposed to allow blank passwords.

Hope that helps...


 -----Original Message-----
From: 	Tim Booher [mailto:tbbooher at]
Sent:	May 3, 2004 7:49 PM
To:	'Eric Johnson'; samba at
Subject:	RE: SOME Suggestions on [Samba] Can't the very basic stuff to work

No -- not that I know -- how do I check that? I have been sharing lots of
files with other windows computers and have several drives mapped. When I
don't have windows passwords, it always prompts me for my password and


My smb.conf
# **************************************************
workgroup = archenland
netbios name = agamemnon
security = share
printcap name = cups
disable spoolss = Yes
show add printer wizard = No
printing = cups
encrypt password = yes
smb passwd file = /etc/samba/smbpasswd
passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u

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
valid users = tim chrissy
read only = No
writeable = Yes

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

-----Original Message-----
From: at
[ at] On Behalf Of
Eric Johnson
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2004 6:50 PM
To: samba at
Subject: RE: SOME Suggestions on [Samba] Can't the very basic stuff to work

A beginner just listening in...

On Windows XP Pro, are you using "Simple File Sharing"?  I know that on a
Windows network it forces all network connections to be "Guests".


 -----Original Message-----
From: at
[ at]  On
Of miles123 at
Sent:	May 3, 2004 3:12 PM
To:	tbbooher at
Cc:	samba at
Subject:	SOME Suggestions on [Samba] Can't the very basic stuff to

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!!

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