[Samba] Re: Unable to connect to smb shares from second machine in workgroup

Ed Holden eholden at mclean.harvard.edu
Fri Jan 14 19:25:01 GMT 2005

What if you log on as andrew with your Samba password instead of using 
the long name you have in smbusers?

Yes, it does look like your wireless netwokr is on the same subnet as 
your wired one, so I'd doubt that the wired test will be successful (but 
it's probably still worth trying).  Again, I suspect from the login 
prompt that you are indeed connecting to Earth, but something in the 
authentication is going amiss.  Maybe you should increase the debug 
level to see what turns up in the logs.

Also, have you fixed starbase's group policy security settings?  There 
are a couple XP settings for digitally signing and encrypting data, and 
sometimes they can cause incompatibilities with Samba.  Run gpedit.msc 
from the Start menu on starbase and the Group Policy editor will pop up. 
  Navigate through it to Computer Configuration\Windows 
Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options.  Then 
disable the following policies:

  Domain Member: Digitally encrypt or sign secure channel data (always)
  Domain Member: Digitally sign secure channel data (when possible)


:: Ed Holden
:: Administrator, Research Information Systems
:: McLean Hospital
:: Tel: (617) 855-2822
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Andrew DeFaria wrote:
> Ed Holden wrote:
>> That you are getting a password prompt on starbase at all indicates 
>> that you are connecting to earth, but earth is probbaly rejecting your 
>> login.  While voyager\foo and \starbase\foo may not be the same user, 
>> in my experience as long as you are using the correct password for 
>> your Samba user earth\foo, the username "foo" should work fine from 
>> starbase.  Are you seeing anything odd in the Samba logs on earth?
> Well on both XP boxes the username is my name, Andrew DeFaria, and the 
> passwords are indeed the same. On the Linux box I use a username of just 
> andrew. smbusers maps "Andrew DeFaria" -> andrew and this works just 
> fine for Voyager but again, not for Starbase. The user andrew on the 
> Linux box has the same password as the two XP boxes.
> No, I'm seeing nothing strange in the Samba log files. I think the fact 
> that nmblookup is telling in that it cannot seem to find the machine 
> Starbase but it can fine the machine voyager. I don't know why. I've 
> taken steps to insure that /etc/hosts on the machines all reflect the 
> proper IP addresses. I've even created an /etc/samba/lmhosts so that the 
> proper IP addresses are denoted there.
>> Perhaps your wireless network is on a different subnet from your wired 
>> one?  In that case a host allow line in smb.conf may be the culprit.
> I don't think so. The IP addresses involved are voyager:, 
> earth: and starbase:
>> What happens when starbase is on the wired network instead of the 
>> wireless one (assuming you have a normal ethernet port on starbase).
> I thought of that but argh! Now I gotta fine a wire that long! :-(
> Well it's not that far away and I could always move the machine (but was 
> hoping to avoid that).
> BTW: Starbase can browse to shares on Voyager and Voyager can browse to 
> shares on Starbase. At least I think I did that before - I'll have to 
> check tonight.

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