[Samba] Cannot see linux machines from XP

Stan Hoeppner stan at hardwarefreak.com
Sun Aug 7 14:39:35 MDT 2011

On 8/7/2011 1:26 PM, Al Schapira wrote:

>> What is the result when you map a Samba share from the Windows command line?
> 1)  The result of trying to add a share on XP is as follows:"
> "Add a network place" --> 
>   "Select a service provider"  --> 
>      "Choose another network location" --> next 
>          "ADS2/other"
>             "The folder you entered does not appear to be valid.  Please
> choose another."
>          same message for any other shared files on ADS1 or ADS2 (which
> are visible from each other.)

Note I said "Windows command line".  If you don't know what something
is, ask, or Google it.  People on this list have a finite amount of time
to help others.  Please don't force us to waste our time teaching you
the mere basics of system administration.  You need these skills merely
to troubleshoot.  They won't get you the answer, but they help you find
the eventual answer, which is why I asked you to perform this step.
Google for "windows command line" and Google for "net use".

> 2)  The result of turning off the firewall (Norton 360) is no change to
> the above problem. But under Norton 360, the machines ADS1 and ADS2 DO
> appear in its network browser with status ON-LINE.  But aside from this,
> no other XP utility can see ADS1 or ADS2.  Hence the problem.

That remains to be seen.  You haven't tried any of the smb/cifs command
line utilities yet.  And apparently you haven't looked for errors in the
Event Viewer, you know, that place where Windows writes log information,
tells you about problems on the machine?  Error messages often point one
to other information that helps him/her solve a problem.

You state Samba seems to work perfectly on the Linux machines.  And the
Linux machines seem to access shares on the XP machine just fine.  Thus,
this sounds like you definitely have a problem on the Windows machine.
This is the Samba list.  I suggest you also ask for help on some Windows

Best of luck,


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