Can't see other Linux PC's on my LAN

I'm a newbie so please assume nothing.  I have a small LAN with XP, Win2K and now 2 Linux PC's (Suse 10).  If I click on "Network Browsing" on the Suse desktop I can see my Windows PC's and access the shares but I can't see the other Linux PC's.  I can ping the Linux PC's but I can't see them or their files using Konqueror.  Am I missing the point somehow?
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Gabriel OrozcoSolution ArchitectCommented:

You are browsing your computers using SMB. This is, using windows networking.

If you have not yet configure SMB (Samba) Networking on your SuSE computers, then you will not be able to find them using that tool (Konqueror at least).

so go ahead, launch YaST2 and give a name to these computers and share something. after they are setup correctly you'll be able to browse all computers using konqueror.

Happy Linuxing
BloodruleAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your quick reply - which I immediately understood!.  Would you be able to tell me more specifically which steps to follow in yast2 in order to name the computers and set up some shares to try out?  There are so many options under Network Services and I'm sorry but I just don't know what many of them are (like DNS and Hostname, Hostnames, NFS Client, NFS Server, etc).  Am I in the right place looking under "Network Services"?

Thanks for your help.
Gabriel OrozcoSolution ArchitectCommented:
Your OK

under Network Services, Click on "Samba Server" and follow instructions.
select workgroup, if you already have a pdc, don't make your samba a pdc, start automatically, open the port in the firewall, and share some directory.

that should be enough for what you are looking for. But you should read the Samba 3 howto if you want to fully understand samba: it's POWERFUL, but you need to understand some more in order to take advantage of it:
here the howto:
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BloodruleAuthor Commented:
Samba Server is not one of the options open to me under Network Services.  I have Samba Client, but not server.  Weird thing is that when I go to Software Management in Yast and search under "Samba" it indicates that I have these five packages already installed:


If I choose "Selections" in the drop down list and tick the option "Network and Server", when I look in the right side of that screen the only samba option is "samba-client" - which is already installed.  Is it possible I have a limited version of Suse?  I installed it from a magazine DVD.
The 'best' troubleshooting command for this type of thind is:

smbclient -L

Press return rather than entering a password, and you get a fairly good idea of what that is available. Example below:
[pje@bigserverpje]# smbclient -L
Anonymous login successful
Domain=[MOUSE] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.0.2-6.3E]

        Sharename      Type      Comment
        ---------      ----      -------
        pje            Disk      MainBU
        software       Disk      MainBU
        IPC$           IPC       IPC Service (Samba Server)
        ADMIN$         IPC       IPC Service (Samba Server)
Anonymous login successful
Domain=[MOUSE] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.0.2-6.3E]

        Server               Comment
        ---------            -------
        BIGSERVER            Samba Server

        Workgroup            Master
        ---------            -------
        MOUSE                BIGSERVER


man smbclient

for a fuller description of command options
BloodruleAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions which I am trying out though I don't really understand this.  It still doesn't explain why I don't have Samba Server as an option in the Network Services part of Yast.  In the example you gave, should I enter the IP address of another Linux machine on my LAN?  When I enter the IP address of a Windows PC on the LAN I do get the shares correctly listed but I can't get anything from the Linux machines.  The firewall is (temporarily) turned off while I try this.

Can you suggest how I can install Samba Server?  If I choose "Selections" in the drop down list and tick the option "Network and Server", when I look in the right side of that screen the only samba option is "samba-client" - which is already installed.  Is it possible I have a limited version of Suse?  I installed it from a magazine DVD.
Gabriel OrozcoSolution ArchitectCommented:
hello again

if yast is not showing you samba server as one of your options, is because you didn't install it.
there is an entry in yast which permits you to install more packages. look for samba server please.

then install it as we agreed earlier, and do your test again.
At least temporarily turn off your firewall, then you will probably be able to connect to the windows boxes. If SuSE doesn't have the possibility to turn the firewall off with the grafical tools, open a terminal as root and enter

/etc/init.d/iptables stop

To turn it back on you would enter

/etc/init.d/iptables start

BloodruleAuthor Commented:
Thanks again.  I am nearly there.  I now have my Linux and Windows machines visible on Network Browsing either in Suse or in Windows.  But when I try to access the shares I get a dialog box "Authorization Dialog" asking for a Username and Password.  None of my existing identities, including root and my normal username and password, work.  What Username and Password is the Authorization Dialog asking me for?

I don't recall having set any identities and passwords other than root and my normal logon ID.

I know I'm a bit out of my depth so please don't shout at me!
Gabriel OrozcoSolution ArchitectCommented:
for samba you need to have two steps in order to add a user
a) add the user to linux
b) add the linux user to samba

a) you already know how

b) you need to run
smbpasswd -a username
you will be prompted for a password. It could be different than linux password. this is the one that will be used to access from windows.

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BloodruleAuthor Commented:
I really appreciate you stepping me through this.  I could have spent the rest of my life on it without your help.
Gabriel OrozcoSolution ArchitectCommented:
Thanks and enjoy linux...
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