[Samba] Anonymous connection to Samba PDC?

Richard Foltyn richard.foltyn at gmail.com
Wed Sep 3 14:43:14 GMT 2008

is there a way to anonymously connect a Windows client to a Samba PDC? I
have some random clients which I currently don't want to add to the domain,
but would still like them to have access to one share.

For example, I have:

        path = /var/spool/scanner/scans
        browseable = yes
        writable = yes
        force user = scanner
        force group = scanner
        guest ok = yes
        guest only = yes

When I connect with smbclient (either from localhost or any other Linux
host) this works:
[root at fundus-srv ~]# smbclient //fundus-srv/skener -N
Anonymous login successful
Domain=[FUNDUS] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.2.3]
smb: \>

>From the logs:
  fundus-srv (::ffff: connect to service skener initially as
user scanner (uid=1019, gid=516) (pid 1380)
[2008/09/03 16:34:03,  1] smbd/service.c:close_cnum(1401)

However, if I connect from a Windows machine (which is not a domain member),
this does not work as Windows/Samba insists on using the currently logged in
user. This of course fails since these users do not exist in the domain:
[2008/09/03 16:28:02,  2] auth/auth.c:check_ntlm_password(318)
  check_ntlm_password:  Authentication for user [richi] -> [richi] FAILED

Is there a way to connect anonymously from Windows as well?


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