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Windows 7: Issue area: Mixed-network file sharing with Windows 7 Home Premium

24 Dec 2011   #1

Windows Home Premium 64Bit
Issue area: Mixed-network file sharing with Windows 7 Home Premium

Is it possible with the non-W7 machine's shares set to something besides "guest access allowed"?

I've tried a few tweaks on my Windows 7 desktop and my Kubuntu 11.04 Linux-running laptop. Nothing has worked. Unless access to a shared directory is set to guest on the laptop, the Windows box keeps asking for a legitimate password, whenever I attempt to 'open' them.

Both machines have the same log-in strings for both basic log-on and Samba. Or do they? I'm presuming there's no separate logon/password required for Windows 7 Home Premium when it comes to file sharing, but as a late Windows XP Professional user (both SP2 and SP3), I'm not taking anything wholly for granted. Any Windows build since the dawn of XP that installs without gpedit.msc is bound to be lacking in other ways, imco.

So any help or advice someone could offer would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


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24 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64

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28 Dec 2011   #3

Windows Home Premium 64Bit
I found out what I think was wrong.

There are some lines in Ubuntu GNOME's smb.conf file nobody talks about editing.

They happen to be in the Share Definitions section and they look like this
# File creation mask is set to 0700 for security reasons. If you want to
# create files with group=rw permissions, set next parameter to 0775.
;   create mask = 0700

# Directory creation mask is set to 0700 for security reasons. If you want to
# create dirs. with group=rw permissions, set next parameter to 0775.
;   directory mask = 0700
What must have made it work, after a restart of the laptop (where I was diverted into a window-manager crash issue, but came back from it) was un-commenting the lines that set the create mask and directory mask permissions, and going right ahead with changing them to 775 as suggested by the authors of the config file.

So now I have
create mask = 0775
directory mask = 0775
and accessing a share I'd created before exchanging this new edited file with my latest edit from earlier in the week,was a mere matter of double-clicking to open the folder to see what was in it. :)

Albeit this share was still set to Guest access, I solved the "UID=nobody" "GID=nogroup" problem I had previously griped about (not on this forum but elsewhere). It will be interesting to see if it makes any difference should I remove Guest access from that share.

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