May 7, 2004
I am a reasonably competent Linux user running Fedora Core 1 on an Athlon with samba-3.0.0-15 installed from RPM as supplied in the original install image. Though I have used Linux continuously for several years, this is my first attempt at getting samba running, so please pardon my ignorance.
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In short, I want to be able to access Windows shares, especially certain public shares that are set to not require a user name and password.
I have modified my smb.conf file to list the correct Windows Workgroup designated by my university and have initialized the samba service by running "/etc/init.d/smb start" as root. The remainder of the smb.conf file was left unchanged, including the security level. (This only has to do with the local SMB server, not client, right?)
By running "Network Servers" from the RedHat/Start menu in GNOME, I see various workgroups, including the one that I wish to browse. Inside the workgroup are all the Windows servers that should be present. However, when I try to browse volumes on ANY Windows server, including those that I know for a fact do NOT require a user name password (when accessed from a Windows machine), I am prompted for a name/password. I have been unable to figure out how to get around this, since these servers simply have no user names or passwords associated with them.
How to let me browse freely shared volumes on Windows machines, I hate having to go to the computer lab to download homework assignments from share servers.