Samba share like windows

Kenneth Burgener kenneth at
Mon Feb 14 13:21:40 MST 2005

Bryan Sant wrote:
> On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 11:15:29 -0700, Kenneth Burgener <kenneth at> wrote:
>>Although setting "security=user" does make it so I can specify a user,
>>it also disables the general guest browsing as well. If I try to browse
>>to "\\linux" it asks for a password, same with if I try to access the
>>guest share "\\linux\share". So although this fixes one problem, it
>>creates another.
> Not true.  You should still be able to browse with the guest account
> so long as guest has his samba password set to be blank.  Check your
> /etc/samba/smbusers file.  There should be a mapping between a UNIX
> accound and a samba account for guest.  In my case its the nobody
> account.  Switch that username out with a local Linux account that you
> want to use for guest access (I think the nobody account is a poor
> choice).  So do the following:
> useradd smbguest
> passwd smbguest
> <choose whatever Linux password you want for the account>
> smbpasswd -a smbguest
> <make sure the password is blank/null>
> sed -i 's/nobody/smbguest/g' /etc/samba/smbusers
> /etc/init.d/smb restart
> Now test things locally:  smbclient -L //localhost -U guest
> Just hit enter when prompted for a password.  All should be well.  Now
> test from a freshly rebooted windows machine.
> -Bryan

I will try that tonight, and see if it works.


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