[Samba] Samba over SSH to Windows Vista

Richard D. Morey moreyr at missouri.edu
Mon Mar 5 06:47:55 GMT 2007

After having scoured the net for a way to do SMB over SSH with Windows,
I've tried everything I have found and I still can't get it to work.

I'm using Windows Vista as the client and FC6 with Samba 3.0.24-1 as the
server. I have set up a share and can successfully connect to that share
with no ssh tunnel.

I would like to tunnel SMB over SSH, so here is what I have tried:

1. Disabling Windows File Sharing with "net stop server". Then, using
puTTY, I connect with my ports forwarded. I forward 80 and 139.
"" yields my web server's start page, so I know
forwarding is working. When I "telnet 139" it connects to the
SMB server successfully. "netstat -ano" reveals that and are listening with puTTY.

However, trying to map a network drive fails. \\\share yields
the error "The specified network name is no longer available." or 
"Network path not found." I know the share is working because I can 
access it without SSH at the same time.

Here are two lines from netstat when I have the telnet session open:
tcp        0      0    
tcp        0      0      

2. I have tried adding the loopback device as detailed all over the web
(ie http://www.blisstonia.com/eolson/notes/smboverssh.php ,
When I do this, I can access the webserver via the loopback device but
"telnet 139" times out. However, puTTY appears to be listening
on and I cannot add the share either. I have 
done everything I can think of to get this to work.

In addition, I have disabled Windows listening on port 445 (as suggested 
in one of the guides) I have tried giving puTTY the actually IP of the 
samba server as the destination, I have ensured that 127. is allowed by 
the smb.conf...

What could be going wrong here? Any ideas?


Richard D. Morey, M.A.
Research Assistant, Perception and Cognition Lab
University of Missouri-Columbia

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