[Samba] Re: Windows XP & greyed-out Guest user password prompt

Tom Schaefer tom at umsl.edu
Thu Mar 31 14:03:29 GMT 2005

Look at the username directive in the smb.conf man page.  I
believe it could solve things for you.  In the section for a particular
share just specify "username = validuser1, validuser2" etc. and then
samba will attempt to validate whatever password the XP system with the greyed
out username field supplies against all the usernames specified in the
username directive for the share.  Username = %S is very useful for homes

Check it out, I really think it could do the trick for you. 

Tom Schaefer

On Wed, 30 Mar 2005 17:33:45 -0800
Jules Agee <julesa at pcf.com> wrote:

> Tom Schaefer wrote:
> > It is because you are using
> > 
> > security = share
> > 
> > which is emulating the old Win9x way of sharing where the username is
> > irrelevant, which is why XP just sets it to guest and greys it out,
and> > all that matters is knowing the password to the particular share. 
> > 
> > Share a folder from Win9x using the type of sharing where you set a
> > password to access a folder and then access it from XP.  You'll see
the> > same thing - greyed out guest.
> > 
> > Tom Schaefer
> I'm sure you're right. But I'm stuck using security=share, and Windows 
> 2000 clients behave just fine with the exact same server and the same 
> shares, prompting the user for a username *and* password if using the 
> local system authentication data fails.
> Right now, the only idea I have is to force people to use the same 
> username and password on their local config as in our ldap database, and
> train them to keep the info in sync themselves. Setting up a domain 
> server isn't an option.
> Thanks for your time!
> -Jules
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