Alright so I'll start off by saying I really have very little idea of what I'm doing here. I've read a lot of user guides on the issue and it seems to address a lot of problems that i'm not having, and all I want is very basic use information.
Here's my goal: I want to share a harddrive containing videos and music with my home network. There are a few windows machines and one mac that I want to share with (unfortunately I'm the only linux user).
I've managed to get samba and swat running, and I can access it from localhost:901.
I'm fairly certain that I've configured shares correctly. Under swat I can go to Shares>choose share(public) and it shows the location of the harddrive (run/media/myusername/Video) and it even shows the option "available: yes".
Now when I got to status here's what I have:
winbindd: not running (and it will not turn on even if I tell it to start)
Under all categories "active connections", "active shares", and "open files" there is nothing.
I assume that If I was sharing correctly it would list my shares under active shares, correct?
Now here's a question that for some reason I could just not find an answer to anywhere: how do I access the share from windows? I saw plenty of troubleshooting pages for this, but all i want to know is: if I have everything configured correctly, should i be able to just automatically see the share in my network locations?
Do I have to point a browser to my ipaddress to view it? what port should it access?
If I have to add the share manually how do I do that? (from windows)
If there's any troubleshooting I should do from another computer, i can get a vitrual machine running linux to help test things too.
Thanks for any help, I know I'm a newb here, but I just couldn't find the basic info I need to get things running, only more advanced troubleshooting information.
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Update: I was able to solve one problem at least.
I added the line
name resolve order = bcast host lmhosts wins
to the config file and when I run
on my windows computer I can now see the following :
before I changed the name resolve order I could not see buttersgroup. (which was the name of my workgroup on samba).
What bothers me is that I changed the name of the workgroup back to workgroup and restated all services, it still sees buttersgroup.
Now my question is, if I try and map a network drive it tells me to put in a folder in the format \\server\share
if my samba workgroup is named WORKGROUP and my netbios name is MYHAUS, should I be putting in
When I click on browse I can choose "MYHAUS" (it's listed for me), but I still always get the error that the network location cannot be found, please make sure you spelled it correctly etc etc.
I am so confused here.