Newbie linux/windows sharing issue

Boyd, Ronnie Ronnie.Boyd at
Fri Dec 17 08:58:00 GMT 2004

Hi folks
Wonder if anyone could advise me on a red hat/windows 2000 network issue? I have a single red hat 9 box, which has a directory I would like shared to 6 windows 2000 pro workstations.
>    Samba has been installed already.
>    When I testparm the smb.conf file, it passes ok.
>    If I search for the linux box via windows network neighborhood, it finds it quickly enough, and states that it is a samba server.
But I cannot access anything on the red hat box, nothing at all, the usual message is No network path found
When I try to map to a share i.e. net use l: \\LinuxServer\Share I also get this error message: No service is operating at the destination network endpoint on the remote system
I can't even net view redhat box
I know there are loads of samba trouble-shooting sites, as I've been to a whole bunch of them,. but none have helped so far.
On the linux box, if I run smbclient /root/files/alias it comes up with something like this:
session setup failed: NT_STATUS_LOGON_FAILURE
Which I think means that samba is working ok on the box, but there is a user account issue somewhere. That doesn't bother me too much, I can search out a resolution for that.
But when I do this from a command line on my windows box: telnet redhatbox 139 it says that connection was refused. That means I think that samba is NOT working ok.
The smb.conf file is fairly simple, nothing fancy in it. There is an encrypt passwords = yes entry to suit the windows boxes
I have the necessary samba users, copied over from the existing linux user accounts using this: cat /etc/passwd | > /etc/samba/smbpasswd
All I want to do is make a single folder on red hat box accesible by the windows 2000 boxes.
The samba service is started using service smb start
Any advice? 
Much appreciated

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