[Samba] Bringing a laptop to a Samba Network

Steve Cohen scohen at javactivity.org
Wed Feb 23 05:41:15 GMT 2005

Steve Cohen wrote:
> 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.
One more detail of my setup: security = SHARE

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