[Samba] Setting up Samba on Solaris for Windows XP & MAC OSX access with a single point for authentication

Constance Mallon cmallon at liveworld.com
Mon Sep 27 20:19:35 GMT 2004

I'm new to Samba and Unix in general.  I've been given the task of setting
up Samba on a Solaris 7 server.  I been told that both Windows XP and Mac
systems need to access several folders on this system.  In addition, this
set up has to work with our NIS server (dns1) to authenticate the users for

I was able to set up Samba with NIS support but only the Windows clients can
see it properly and honestly - the shares are not showing up in Network
neighborhood - I have to search for them).  I would like to add that there
is no actual domain here (it's a Mac/Unix shop and I'm the Windows support
person).  The Windows clients don't have a windows network, no ADC, no PDC,
no WINS server).  The Mac clients can see the shared folders (ie:
/mnt/Applicatons or /mnt/users) but they are unable to see the contents of
the folders. In addition the only way the clients can access the Samba share
is if I create a local username and passwd for them (smbpasswd file).

I'm not even sure where to start at this point.  I think I need to reinstall
Samba with smbwrapper for the Macs?  I really need help - I've used both the
Samba.org website and the O'Reily Samba manual for assistance but I think
this situation may be a little on the odd side.

Thank you in advance,




# workgroup = NT-Domain-Name or Workgroup-Name, eg: MIDEARTH
   workgroup = "workgroup"
encrypt passwords = yes
# server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field
   server string = Samba Server
# Security mode. Defines in which mode Samba will operate. Possible
# values are share, user, server, domain and ads. Most people will want
# user level security. See the Samba-HOWTO-Collection for details.
   security = user
# this tells Samba to use a separate log file for each machine
# that connects
   log file = /usr/local/samba/var/log.%m
# Put a capping on the size of the log files (in Kb).
   max log size = 50
# Most people will find that this option gives better performance.
# See the chapter 'Samba performance issues' in the Samba HOWTO Collection
# and the manual pages for details.
# You may want to add the following on a Linux system:
#         SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
   socket options = TCP_NODELAY

path = /mnt/Applications
public = yes
guest ok = yes
;   writable = yes
read only = no
;   printable = no

path = /mnt/groups
public = yes
guest ok = yes
read only = no

path = /mnt/users
public = yes
guest ok = yes
read only = no

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