XP Can't See Samba Server

Posted on 2006-03-20
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I've researched here and at trying to setup my Linux box to be a SMB server and attach my XP client to it. Using smbclient on the Linux box, everything seems to be OK. On the XP side, I can ping the Linux box both by IP and by name but when I try to search for the computer in the Network Neighborhood, XP claims it's not there. Also when I issue the following from the XP command prompt, windows says a network path can't be found -- even if I JUST pinged the box!
Here's the command:
net use h: \\fiatlux\RCHRISMON /user:rchrismon

I think it's an XP issue but I don't really know. Here's my smb.conf:
# Samba config file created using SWAT
# from (
# Date: 2006/03/18 18:29:28

# Global parameters
      workgroup = FRACTALDATA
      netbios aliases = fiatlux
      security = SHARE
      null passwords = Yes
      guest account = rchrismon
      unix password sync = Yes
      log level = 4
      log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
      max log size = 50
      server signing = auto
      keepalive = 15
      socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_SNDBUF=8192 SO_RCVBUF=8192
      printcap name = /etc/printcap
      logon drive = h:
      logon home = \\netbiosname\%U
      domain master = No
      dns proxy = No
      wins support = Yes
      ldap ssl = no
      preload = global homes printers RCHRISMON FD_HPK60
      default service = RCHRISMON
      idmap uid = 16777216-33554431
      idmap gid = 16777216-33554431
      winbind enum users = No
      winbind enum groups = No
      winbind trusted domains only = Yes
      path = /var/spool/samba/
      read only = No
      guest ok = Yes
      cups options = raw
      printer name = FD_HPK60
      case sensitive = No
      msdfs proxy = no

      comment = Home Directories
      valid users = %S
      create mask = 0600
      directory mask = 0700
      browseable = No

      comment = All Printers
      printable = Yes
      use client driver = Yes
      browseable = No

      comment = Randy's Linux home directory
      path = /home/rchrismon/
      force user = rchrismon
      force group = rchrismon
      guest ok = No
      case sensitive = Yes
      hide dot files = No
      set directory = Yes
      delete readonly = Yes

      comment = Network Printer
      printable = Yes
      printer name = officejet-k60--1
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Question by:rchrismon

    Author Comment

    Some additional information:
    I'm using XP Pro so that's not the issue. Nevertheless, I still think it's an XP issue rather than a Linux or smb.conf issue. Testparm shows no errors and I can use smbclient on the Linux box to browse the share. I'm flat stumped.
    Any help appreciated.
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    Expert Comment

    Try connecting to the linux box by using it'sw ip address and not the name.
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    Accepted Solution


    Check your iptables and make sure they are not blocking the samba port.

    Author Comment

    It was, indeed, the firewall settings. I had to hunt around to figure out where to change the settings -- seems like there used to be a firewall configuration utility on one of the menus but I couldn't find it. Finally used the authorizations tool which seemed to take care of it.

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