[Samba] Samba as File Server for Windows Network

Gary Dale garydale at torfree.net
Mon Dec 18 13:16:22 GMT 2006

If you haven't done so already, install SWAT. It has a wizard that will 
let you set the basic configuration, plus a fairly easy to use GUI for 
other basic operations like setting up shares.

Daniel Schleig wrote:
> Hello.
> I am trying to simply use Samba as a File Server for my home.  I 
> currently
> have 3 Windows XP computers networked under the same workgroup name, and
> they are able to share files.  One computer uses a username/password 
> to log
> into windows and the others don't use a password.  I don't want any 
> specific
> folders that only one computer can access- I want them all to share a 
> simple
> public (no password required) folder (with subfolders) where they can all
> have read/write access via their machines.
> I am a bit of a novice when it comes to unix/linux, but I managed to 
> install
> Samba 2.2.12 on FreeBSD 6.0.  I have edited the smb.conf file by 
> changing a
> couple lines.  I am able to see the server in the Workgroup from the 
> Windows
> machines, but when I try to view properties or open it, I receive a 
> dialog
> "the device is not available-you may not have proper administrative
> privileges to access-please contact the Administrator," something along
> those lines.
> Could you please help me in determining what lines I need to change in 
> the
> smb.conf file, and anything I have to do in the Windows machines.  Again,
> all I want is a file server that all the Windows can store and retrieve
> files from.
> Thanks for the help!

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