[Samba] password less share not accessible with Win 2012 R2

David Whitney soonerdew at gmail.com
Wed Apr 20 13:59:05 UTC 2016

I *believe* your scenario is consistent with a similar situation that has
been seen with Windows 10 clients. Unique to W10, which shares considerable
DNA with Windows Server 2012, it will not browse/connect to a share that is
not password-protected. This may or may not provide some insight:


The recommendation is to put a password on the share, but the article above
also discusses a W10 registry hack that *might* be applicable on W2012 as
well. I have not tested this in any environment, but recalled having read
about it, and thought I would at least call it to your attention as a
possibility. It may or may not be applicable to your problem.

On Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 7:57 AM, Dirk Wartmann <dirk.wartmann at gmx.de> wrote:

> Hi!
> We have a Samba 4.2.11 running with some browsable and passwordless
> shares (among others).
> Various Clients work fine (Windows Server 2008 R2, Konqueror Version
> 4.13.3), but Windows 2012 R2 asks for a password, when typing
> \\samba.our-domain.de\ in the adress bar.
> I tried various settings google gave me, right now the config for the
> share looks like:
> [test]
>         path = /var/tmp
>         guest only = yes
>         guest ok = yes
>         available = yes
>         browseable = yes
>         public = yes
>         writable = no
> Anyone has a Samba 4 running with browsable, passwordless shares, that
> work with Windows 2012 R2 Clients?
> regards
> Dirk
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