[Samba] Cannot Find Windows Shared Printer

Rowland penny rpenny at samba.org
Tue Oct 15 14:13:10 UTC 2019

On 15/10/2019 14:23, gw1500 via samba wrote:
> On 10/15/2019 6:03 AM, Giulio via samba wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 9:41 PM gw1500 via samba <samba at lists.samba.org> wrote:
>>> Thanks. I tried the workaround but it was no help. I'm a little fuzzy on
>>> how to add a Windows user/pwd. I THINK I'm supposed to create the file:
>> I understand you want to access a windows printer from Linux, and you
>> are testing with "smbclient .. -N".  (-N=don't ask for password).
>> I'm suggesting you do these tests using "smbclient ....
>> -Uuser%password  ....." where user and password are valid Windows
>> user/password.
>> No configuration on samba (no smbusers).
>> Once you have this working, then you can try with "-N", after having
>> turned off "password protected sharing" on Windows.
> Thanks. Sorry, I misunderstood. Here is what I get:
>> smbclient?? -L dap001 -U"my username"%xxxxxxx
> Unable to initialize messaging context
> ?????????????? Sharename???????????? Type?????????? Comment
> ?????????????? ---------???????????? ----?????????? -------
> ?????????????? ADMIN$?????????????????? Disk?????????? Remote Admin
> ?????????????? C$?????????????????????????? Disk?????????? Default share
> ?????????????? DVD???????????????????????? Disk
> ?????????????? E$?????????????????????????? Disk?????????? Default share
> ?????????????? HP DJ 1110 series Printer???? HP DJ 1110 series
> ?????????????? IPC$?????????????????????? IPC???????????? Remote IPC
> ?????????????? print$?????????????????? Disk?????????? Printer Drivers
> Reconnecting with SMB1 for workgroup listing.
> ?????????????? Server???????????????????????????? Comment
> ?????????????? ---------?????????????????????? -------
> ?????????????? Workgroup?????????????????????? Master
> ?????????????? ---------?????????????????????? -------
> So that much is working but I don't know where to go from here. I do not
> mind configuring Samba to use username/password but I don't understand
> why that is necessary. Permissions for "Everyone" on Windows looks
> correct to me. I don't see anywhere to turn off password protected
> sharing just for the printer.
Yes, but a standalone server doesn't know who 'Everyone' is.

Authentication works like this:

You need to create Unix users on the Samba standalone server and then 
make them Samba users with 'smbpasswd -a username'.

If you do not want to do the above, then you can use guest access. To do 
this, you must have 'map to guest = bad user' in the [global] portion of 
smb.conf and 'guest ok = yes' in any share that you want to allow guest 
access to. After making the changes and restarting Samba, any user 
unknown to Samba will be authenticated as the guest user (usually 
'nobody'), this authentication is done before the user gets anywhere 
near any shares.

If, after connecting to the share, the guest user isn't allowed access 
by the permissions, then the guest user will still not be allowed access 
even if Samba will allow it.


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