remote samba access

Posted on 2003-03-10
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Last Modified: 2010-03-18
Is this possible?  I've got a linux server at rackspace that I share with my brother.  I wanted to know if it's possible to access samba from my remote location.  I am able to connect when I run \\servername but I can see no shares.  

What must I do to get this working nicely?

current stable samba server is on redhat 7.2
remote machine is windows xp pro on broadband DHCP

Question by:JohnnyDog
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ID: 8108329
have you tryed to forcfuly typing in the shairs names?
i know that sometimes with windows when i vpn in, it will let me connect but will not show any shares, due to a timeout. what i'd try doing is refreshing a few times (F5 key) see if that works, and also try \\ServerName\MyShare to see if you are able to access it that way.

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ID: 8111231
what does smbclient -L ip.address.goes.here
give you, just press enter when it asks for a password

and then try

smbclient -U USERNAMEHERE -L ip.address.goes.here
and enter the SAMBA password


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ID: 8113861
The browsing protocol (the one that makes your windows network work nicely and allows you to see the shares) works with brodcasts or WINS. Brodcasts will not go ouside your network, so you'll have to use a wins server.

To get a WINS server, set "wins support = yes" and comment out "wins server".
Configure your XP machine (TCP/IP settings)to use the WINS server at the address of you server.

That should be it
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I never got it to work so I gave up.  I would like the question deleted.

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I don't agree.
My answer is probably right (although there might be firewall problems, other settings) but JohnyyDog didn't go on.
I find his request disrespectfull, to say the least.

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