This has been driving me nuts for two weeks. I'll skip the history for now and just describe the situation.
I have a home network with the following nodes: 3 (Windows XP,Vista, Win7), 2 (Fedora v11,12) One Fedora box is a workstation, the other is a back-up server. It is a peer to peer network using Samba on the Fedora boxes.
1. All Win boxes (dhcp) can share files in both directions with each other, with either one acting as server or client.
2. Both Fedora boxes (static IP) can share files in either direction with each other using Samba, again as either server or client.
3. Win boxes can act as clients, sending and receiving files to/from Fedora boxes.
4. Fedora boxes can not act as clients for Win boxes. Fedora boxes can "see" the workgroup and members of it, but show no directory structure under the share (using Dolphin) on Win nodes. So Win nodes can't act as servers to Fedora clients.
The share's icon shows up under "network/Samba shares/workgroupname" in Dolphin, but clicking on the icon produces a blank window with "0 Items" as a caption.
All was well when the two Fedora boxes were running vers. 8 and 10, but as most of us do I made some changes. Upgraded Fedora and one of the Win boxes from Vista to Win 7. The problem actually started with the upgrade to Fedora 12 on the server (the last change).
I have not been able to find any references to a problem like this on the web or in books.
The smb.conf file seems to be correct for this use and in fact Samba is working well as a server. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm sure that I've missed something in the configurations.
Thanks in advance.