[Scottish] Hopeless newbie question

Kyle Gordon kyle at lodge.glasgownet.com
Mon Sep 5 20:31:12 BST 2005

s/are fast/have spent too much time unbreaking samba/


On Monday 05 Sep 2005 14:02, Steve Logan wrote:
> You chaps are fast!
> Thanks Kyle, I tried the smbpasswd -a steve and it all works fine now.
> I've got a user 'steve' with the same password on both Win and SuSe and,
> having done the smbpasswd thingy, I can get straight in from XP to Suse
> without doing anything.  Hurray.
> Thanks again...
> Steve
> Kyle Gordon wrote:
> > 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
> >
> > Kyle
> >
> > 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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