[Scottish] Hopeless newbie question

Kyle Gordon kyle.gordon at absolutestudios.com
Mon Sep 5 12:14:14 BST 2005

Unless you're doing cross-domain authentification magick, you don't need to 
use the machine name on your login, in either the user at host, or domain\user 
format. As long as you have an account that Samba recognises, then you should 
be able to log in with just your username.

Now, having an account that Samba recognises is another matter. Suse may have 
some spiffy scripts to synchronise the SMB database with the system database, 
or it may just leave you high and dry. You can add a user to the Samba 
database by running smbpasswd - `smbpasswd -a steve` - and then entering in 
an appropriate password. If the user already exists, then it will just change 
the password for that user. You also have to have an existing Linux user in 
the system database with the same username before you make a Samba user - 
which is why I'm surprised that Suse doesn't synchronise it all automagically 
for you.

If that fails to work, or you've already tried that, send us the most recent 
logs (grep "log file" /etc/samba/smb.conf to find out where they're stored) 
and we can have a look at that. It could be that Windows has some 
security/encryption options enabled that is confusing Samba


On Monday 05 September 2005 11:45, William Hamilton wrote:
> Steve Logan wrote:
> > After lurking for some years now it's time to come out of the closet...
> >
> > I've just set up my first serious Linux machine, a PIII 500 running
> > SuSe Professional 9.1.  Installation went OK and it's now up and
> > running ready for me to play around with Apache/Tomcat (which is why I
> > want it).
> >
> > Here's my question -
> >
> > I use WinXP for most of my development work and want an easy way of
> > copying files to and from the SuSe box.  I've correctly set up Samba
> > client and server on the SuSe box, or at least I think I have.
> >
> > From the Suse box I can see my Win2003 network and copy files across.
> > So that direction works fine.
> >
> > From my XP box I enter the IP address of the Suse box in 'My Computer'
> > and I get back a list of things - 'groups', 'profiles', 'users' and
> > 'Printers and Faxes'.  When I click on, say, users I'm asked to login.
> > Here's where my problem starts.  I enter 'steve at cactuslinux' as the
> > 'User name' and enter my password (I have already set up an account on
> > the SuSe box called steve and I can login fine at the Suse machine)
> > but I'm not logged in.  I've tried all sorts of permutations and
> > combinations for the user name but I'm stumped.
> >
> > I presume I'm doing something daft.  The suse box is called
> > 'cactuslinux' and there is an account called 'steve'.
> >
> > Help!?
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Steve
> Ah, you dont need to use the machine name when you login.
> Also, as far as I know you need to add a samba user for the Windows box
> to authenticate against.
> Unfortunatly I cannot be more helpful than this - I haven't used samba
> in quite a while but i'm sure someone else will be able to help nps.
> Basically yes, your doing something daft but it's a common thing and one
> that actually stumped me for a while when I first started using samba :)
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Kyle Gordon
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