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Mapping a network drive from XP to Linux

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Hi there,
I have come into a setup with a server running Linux and serving about 6 Windows XP clients.
We do not know the root username or password.....how could I find this please?
I came to fix a virus issue on a pc and have completely resetup this machine.
It won't map a network drive using the command: net use n: \\server\data
Is there some software I am missing from the client pc to view the server over the network?
Any thing else I am missing?
Many thanks Sam.
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> I have come into a setup with a server running Linux and serving about 6 Windows XP clients.
We do not know the root username or password.....how could I find this please?

You need access to the console and boot into single user mode, to do this depends on your setup, most use grub with a graphical screen, in which case when the boot screen appears, type `a` to append then press space and type `1` and then enter, this will boot single user, you can then use the passwd utility to change the root password;
   # passwd root

If you get a boot: prompt, type `linux 1` to boot single user and do the password thing above.

For your network drive issue you will need to login with the correct credentials or join yourself onto the samba domain if you have one configured. Check out one of the other PC's to see if you're part of a domain.
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by:sdjohnson99
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Thanks Jools,

The XP is XP Home, can that join a Samba domain? Where do I find this out on a pc? I cant see the server over the network from the newly setup pc.

Thanks Sam.
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XP Home cannot be part of a domain so it's probably just normal mapping.

Sort out the root login thing so you can check the logs in /var/log on the linux server.
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