[Samba] Can XP Home really Samba ?

Venkata Avasarala avasaralak at gmail.com
Tue Mar 15 15:26:23 GMT 2005

    Do I need a WINS server in a Workgroup ? I was going through the
Samba Reference and it says that the same Samba installation cannot
funtion as a WINS server. However, if XP home can work as a client and
WINS server I will try it today .
Moreoevr, I am giving the IP address of the server on which the share
is present. I was under the impression that WINS is just for name to
IP resolution.

On Tue, 15 Mar 2005 10:00:22 -0500, Prakash Velayutham
<prakash.velayutham at cchmc.org> wrote:
> On Mar 15, 2005, at 9:41 AM, Venkata Avasarala wrote:
> > Hi,
> >     I know that XP Home edition is supposed to work with Samba.
> > However,  my experiences over the past 2 weeks have left me with a
> > real doubt. All I want is a simple share from my Linux box to the XP
> > Home machine with no password. I have set guest ok = yes, enabled
> > cleartext password in both Samba and XP. I have a common account in
> > both XP and Linux and nothing seems to work.
> >
> > Initially XP client would start using port 80 for communicating with
> > the server after some kind  folks suggsted in this list, I disabled
> > the XP webclient service and now atleast XP client tries to use the
> > netbios port when I do a net use from the XP command shell.
> > I have the following problems
> > 1)XP Home will not show the Linux server in Network Neighbourhood (if
> > it is Local Master browser) and shows nothing if it losses election.
> > 2)Since I know the IP address of the Samba server doing a net use with
> > the IP address like net use b: \\\Apache results in a
> > System error 1 on the XP box.
> > 3)I see lot of UDP inquiry messages and responses and I see an
> > incoming reuest handled by NMB and it response in the log. However, I
> > do not see any activity in the SMB log.
> > If XP Home cannot really interoperate with Samba then I will just drop
> > this and use SFTP :( .
> > Thanks,
> > -Venkata.
> What are your wins server entries in the XP machine when you do
> "ipconfig /all"?
> Prakash

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