[Samba] Bringing a laptop to a Samba Network

Steve Cohen scohen at javactivity.org
Wed Feb 23 05:30:31 GMT 2005

I have a little home network, with a wireless router.  The main box on 
the ntwk runs RedHat 9.0 and Samba 2.2.7a.

I have a Win2K laptop provided to me by my employer with all the typical 
corporate security constraints.

I can take the laptop home and access the internet from it through the 
laptops secondary wireless router card and my wireless router.  What I'd 
like to be able to do beyond that is print documents from the laptop to 
my home printer.  It won't work.  The laptop can see the printer, but 
Samba is not letting it access the printer.  The laptop is within the 
corporate domain of my employer.  You can't sign on otherwise.  It's not 
in Samba's workgroup, which seems to be assumed by many of the docs I've 
read.  (In a catastrophically comic attempt to do this, I tried changing 
the laptop's Network identification to use the Samba workgroup.  Not 
only didn't this work, but I couldn't change it back, and once I was 
logged off, couldn't log back on.  I had to get the work IT guys to 
reconfigure it back to the corporate domain.)

So, is there a way in Samba to give access to a computer outside its 
workgroup?  What might that be?  A quick perusal of the docs that come 
with SWAT didn't suggest anything promising.

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