Ubuntu 11.10 + SAMBA installed on a dual boot WinXP box. All user data is on Win ntfs partitions. There are other Windows machines in the same workgroup and both the SAMBA and Windows workgroups have the same name [and are so configured in the smb.conf file].
SAMBA has a nice GUI for server configuration, however there is no simple point and click option to have SAMBA automatically mount a device or a share [such as a local windows partition on this dual boot installation] on boot and login. In fact, to configure the share in SAMBA, it must be mounted manually in Nautilus. There is no issue getting pysdm to mount a device on login [although pysdm crashes on 11.10] - or going through the pain of gksudo gedit /etc/fstab.
The point is getting SAMBA to mount the device and browse it as part of the network. SAMBA can open and browse other machines in the workgroup, but devices on the local machine cannot be browsed as part of the workgroup, even when the device is mounted locally. The device/share can only be browsed locally as a mounted local device, and attempting to browse as part of the network gets an "unable to mount location - failed to mount Windows share" error. SAMBA sees the machine name and the shares within, but trying to browse gets the above error.
To allow [local] access to the device requires a manual single click in Nautilus to mount the device(s) in question. Seems reasonable, that if the device is mounted and can be accessed by the user locally, SAMBA should be able to browse the share as part of the network [workgroup], however, that is not the case. Even if the local share was the only member of the workgroup, seems it should be browsable as a network device.
Is there a simple [aka gui] way to get SAMBA to mount the device and browse it as part of the workgroup [and why is that not offered in the SAMBA server configuration]?