Samba share like windows

Kenneth Burgener kenneth at
Sat Feb 12 08:31:24 MST 2005

I am trying to get my Samba server to share out shares just like a 
Windows machine would.  I have it working quite nicely except for one 

I have 3 windows XP Pro machines and 1 samba server.  When one of the 
windows machines connects to the samba server \\linux I see my shares 
and can access all of them that are available for guest access.

The problem is when I try to connect to a non guest share such as the 
"files" share.  I connect to the "files" share via start -> run -> 
"\\linux\files".  I get a window that says "Connecting to linux".  There 
is a box for me to type in my password, but the box that says User Name 
is grayed out with the contents of "linux\Guest".  I don't want to use 
guest, I need to use the kenneth account.

I was able to manually force a connection to the share, using the user 
name kenneth, by using "net use \\linux\files /user:kenneth"

C:\>net use \\linux\files /user:kenneth
The command completed successfully.

Two things concern me here.  First it didn't ask for a password, but I 
am still able to connect to the share.  Second I don't want to be having 
to use net use every time I create a share with a different user.

What can I do to make it so that it asks for a specific user name?

# Samba config file created using SWAT
# from (
# Date: 2005/02/11 12:42:48

# Global parameters
         server string =
         security = SHARE
         guest account = samba

         path = /files
         valid users = kenneth
         force user = kenneth
         read only = No
         create mask = 0600
         directory mask = 0700
         only user = Yes
         browseable = No

         path = /files/Share
         guest ok = Yes

kenneth at

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