[Samba] Newby questions about using samba

William Lugg luggw1 at risebroadband.net
Sat Nov 16 02:44:02 UTC 2019

I have Win10 Home.
> I read through the corresponding link and followed the instructions 
> pretty much to the letter, just changing names, and removing guest 
> access because I don't want it.  When I test it using smbclient on the 
> server, I get "Connection to data_server failed (Error 
> Here is my smb.conf:
> [global]
>     log file = /var/log/samba/%m
>     log level = 1
>     workgroup = workgroup
> [guest]
>     guest ok = no
> [data_server]
>     path = /home/sambashare
>     read only = no
> Everything else was completed as described at 
> https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Setting_up_Samba_as_a_Standalone_Server.
> Any thoughts as to what I'm doing wrong or how I can troubleshoot this?
> Thanks
> Bill Lugg
> On 11/15/19 3:53 PM, Rowland penny via samba wrote:
>> On 15/11/2019 21:09, William Lugg via samba wrote:
>>> I'm a relatively new user to Samba.  I'm running Linux Mint Silvia 
>>> XFCE in a home environment on several machines and also have a Win10 
>>> machine that's my media server. I'd like to be able to share files 
>>> among all of the machines. The office machine is my primary machine 
>>> where I do most of my work.  I'd like to be able to put files I want 
>>> to share in a shared location on the office machine and then access 
>>> those files on the other machines.
>>> In the somewhat distant past (two or three years ago), I got Samba 
>>> to work under Ubuntu and KDE doing what I described above, but I've 
>>> not been able to reproduce it since moving to Mint and XFCE. I've 
>>> been able to find some guides on the web that I think I've followed 
>>> carefully, but they haven't yielded success for me.  Part of my 
>>> problem is a lack of understanding in regard to applying the right 
>>> configuration to my situation.  I'm a fairly savvy computer guy, but 
>>> not so much in the networking arena - I know enough to get myself 
>>> into trouble, I suppose.  Reading the samba.org documentation, I'm 
>>> just not sure where to start or which path to take to establish the 
>>> correct configuration for my needs.
>>> So, If someone could help me understand the correct way to set up 
>>> Samba to achieve my goals, I would be most appreciative. Links to 
>>> guides and/or tutorials would be great as would a beginner's 
>>> explanation of how it works for the home user.
>>> Thanks in advance for the help.
>>> Bill Lugg
>> This all sort of depends on how you want to run Samba and partially 
>> on what the Win10 OS is, is it pro or home ?
>> If you are setting up a new network, then, if it is Win 10 pro, you 
>> could set up an AD domain, see here:
>> https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Setting_up_Samba_as_an_Active_Directory_Domain_Controller 
>> If it is Win10 Home, then you are stuck with a workgroup, so see here:
>> https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Setting_up_Samba_as_a_Standalone_Server
>> I suggest you read those and then ask again ;-)
>> Rowland

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