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Posted on 2003-03-06
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I have insatalled RedHat 8.0 on my machine. I have set up
SAMBA on my machine. It has got configured well withuot any problem. But hen I go to any windows machine and access there it asks for password. But I have not set any password.Pls any body help me .Wheather is it a problem in smb.conf or what else.The other OS is WINME
Question by:anilmpg

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ID: 8079281
on the samba server do -
useradd 'username'
passwd 'username'
enter and re-enter your chosen password
smbpasswd -a 'username'
enter and re-enter your chosen password

I had loads of problems with rh8. you may want to try trustix instead...


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naccad earned 100 total points
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I am not 100% sure, but I know that on windows 95 and windows 98, you have to patch the registry to allow it to connect
to a samba machine.

another thing to consider, how did u set the share you
are trying to connect to, if u want everyone to access it
it should have a line that says

guest ok = yes
read only = no


p.s. there is nothing wrong with RedHat, it's a great distribution, and changing your distribution is not a solution. and rmmbr that RedHat does not make Samba, they
only provide it, samba is made by the Samba Team at samba.org
who are not in any way related to RedHat Inc.

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ken_330 earned 100 total points
ID: 8087214
hi ,
 you encounter isnt a problem , it is just that the windows PC dont have an account with the Linux box.
Just go to the Linux Box , add an account using the file manager which is the simpliest way.Add the password when prompt , remember the password must be the same as the Windows PC which u want it to be logg in.Being done that,
u have created a unix user account similiar to one of your Window box.
  At the commnad line :
            smbadduer NameofWindowBox:NameofWindowBox
then , you would be prompt to give passwd
remember the password must be the same as the account you had just created ( also the same as the Windowbox Pc that u want it to be the client to logg in )

being done so,
            testparm at the command line to view whether samba is being successfully configured?

Now go to pico editor or gedit the file ( /etc/smb.conf )
remove the # sign in front of the # encrypted passwd
to enable it accepts encrypt passwd.Save on it ..
now u restart the samba by : samba restart  (at the command line )

Hope all well with this stage ! goodluck
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Every Windows OS is slightly different. Read this excellent tutorial which worked for me:


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1. You need to configure the win me machine to login to your samba machine as a network client with a username and password when you boot up.

2. you need to configure your samba machune to add the user and password.(use the steps EISHV reffered to in one of the previous comments)

3. You may need to edit the following registry setting on your Win ME machine:

go under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\VxD\VNETSUP and set DWORD EnablePlainTextPassword  1

And thats that!

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make sure smb.conf file is setup correctly

edit your registry


also edit host and host allow file in samba and etc dir

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