[Samba] Samba on top of Windows?

Jack Downes jax at nwmt.us
Wed May 5 10:03:24 MDT 2010

You know, just out of curiosity, have you guys put your ip and 
servername in the windows hosts file?  If you aren't using a name 
server, that might help.

Just a thought!

On 05/ 5/10 09:52 AM, Steve Blackwell wrote:
> On Wed, 05 May 2010 17:28:08 +0200
> Public Mailing Lists<lists at lists.cichon.com>  wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I just bought a brand new PC for my living room (Asus eee Box) that
>> happens to come with Windows 7. I can nicely plug in large USB hard
>> drives, any my intention was to share these harddrives on the network,
>> for example with my old Windows 98 PC on which I still run some
>> favorite computer games. And of course, I would also like to access
>> the large harddrive occasionally from my linux box (e.g. to put
>> backups on them).
>> However, I had to learn that Windows 7 does not want to share my
>> harddrive with the other computer on the network that are not Windows
>> 7. All tried all different kinds of things: I switched off the "home
>> group", I switched off various encryption/security settings in the
>> control panel. I even changed some registry settings that I googled
>> from the web. All without success. I spare you the technical details
>> on this...
>> I can't understand why it has to be so hard to just export a simple
>> harddisk on the network. With every single version upgrade of Windows,
>> it breaks. From Windows 95 to Windows 98. From Windows 98 to Windows
>> XP. And now with Windows 7, again. IMHO, the purpose of networking is
>> to COMMUNICATE with whichever protocol is out there.
>> I don't want to deal with neither Windows domain controllers, nor home
>> groups, nor roaming profiles, nor encryption requirements, nor
>> anything that Windows will come up with in the next release that
>> breaks everything else. I would like just export a hard disk with a
>> user-name and a password and use it with everything from Windows 3.1
>> to my Linux box without getting a headache.
>> So, my question is:
>> Is it possible to run Samba on top of Windows?
>> Thanks for your help in advance.
>> Cheers,
>> G.
> No answer, I'm afraid but a similar problem.
> My wife's laptop died and the new one came with Windows 7. The old one
> had Vista on it and I had it set up so that she could access her
> account on my F11 box and I could run BackupPC to back up her laptop on
> my computer.
> With Windows 7, I can't even get it to "see" my Linux box although
> pinging to my IP address works fine. According to what documentation I
> could find, Windows only wants to network with other Windows boxes. I
> did find a reference on a forum to something about Linux not doing DNS
> correctly but that probably means not doing it the non-standard Windows
> way.
> I'll be interested in any answers you get.
> Good luck,
> Steve

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