[Samba] RE: Trouble setting up an Anonymous read/write samba server for WinXP Pro users

Tim Harvey tharvey at alumni.calpoly.edu
Wed Sep 29 19:35:36 GMT 2004

Just thought I would follow-up on this as I finally found a solution.

Using the exact same configuration, I simply upgraded to samba 3.0.7 and the
problem went away!


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tim Harvey [mailto:tharvey at alumni.calpoly.edu]
> Sent: Friday, September 24, 2004 12:47 PM
> To: 'samba at lists.samba.org'
> Subject: Trouble setting up an Anonymous read/write samba server for WinXP
> Pro users
> Greetings,
> I'm having difficulty setting up an 'Anonymous Read-Write' SAMBA server on
> a new system with a stock FC2 installation for use with WinXP Pro systems.
> I'm using the following software on the 'fileserver':
>   - Linux FC2 installed from the FC2 iso's: kernel 2.6.5-1.358
>   - samba-common-3.0.3-5
>   - samba-3.0.3-5
>   - samba-client-3.0.3-5
>   - samba-swat-3.0.3-5
>   - system-config-samba-1.2.9-2
> Following the instructions and examples in the official SAMBA howto, I'm
> under the impression that I want a smb.conf file such as:
> # Global parameters
> [global]
> workgroup = MSHOME
> netbios name = FILESERVER
> security = SHARE
> [data]
> comment = Data
> path = /export
> force user = nobody
> force group = nobody
> read only = No
> guest ok = Yes
> The problem I'm running into is that when I attempt to connect to the
> share from a WinXP Pro system by simply using the address \\fileserver in
> an explorer window, I immediately get a 'Connect to fileserver' window
> from WinXP with a greyed out username set to 'fileserver\Guest' and asking
> for a password.  I'm confused - the whole point of setting up an anonymous
> read/write server was to avoid having to put user accounts on the samba
> server.
> I've found that if I open up the address \\fileserver\data I can connect
> with no user/pass request.  I've also found that if I'm logged into the
> WinXP system as user 'Tim' and I create a user 'tim' on the samba server,
> I am not prompted for a user/pass.  Both of these solutions are
> unacceptable for what I'm trying to accomplish.  All the howto's and
> examples I've found regarding anonymous samba servers mention nothing
> about this problem.
> Any explanation / advice would be greatly appreciated
> Thanks,
> Tim

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