View Full Version : How to see samba server from windows workstation?

17th February 2012, 02:31 PM
I created a samba server, but I can't see it using browse network under windows 7 workstation, I can access to samba only using IP address. Is any way to show my samba server to windows-based workstations?

17th February 2012, 02:58 PM
Workgroup name different? SeLinux blocking access? Firewall samba ports closed?

17th February 2012, 03:04 PM
I have the same problem with my machine. Still haven't had time to figure out what is blocking network discovery although I think it's iptables.

Are you able to write to your samba shares from the windows machine when you go there via IP address?


If you are not on a production network, a quick way to check if iptables is the problem is to stop the service using this command:

service iptables stop
service ip6tables stop

Starting them is done by:

service iptables start
service ip6tables start

17th February 2012, 03:36 PM
You should be certain that the nmb service is running.

systemctl start nmb.service
systemctl start smb.service

## To enable start on boot ##
systemctl enable nmb.service
systemctl enable smb.service

I've had a similar problem in the past, and the nmb service not running was the issue.

Chilly Willy
17th February 2012, 07:56 PM
Also, (depending on what your DE is will determine how) you can browse it's network & your samba server should show up if it's running. This will tell you if it's at least working right on the linux end.