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So there is plenty of answers to the opposite question but I need to be able to access and modify my files on my Ubuntu machine from my Windows 7 machine.

What have I tried already?

It looks like I have Samba installed (somehow) but I've spent so much time just now installing packages to install other packages, fixing installs and finding out what and why I don't have parts of some packages installed to enable other things to be installed that I just don't know! (I'm a bit of an Ubuntu newb in case you can't see...)

My /etc/samba/smb.config has been modified to look like this:

#======================= Share Definitions =======================

# Un-comment the following (and tweak the other settings below to suit)
# to enable the default home directory shares. This will share each 
# user's home director as \\server\username
    comment = Home Directories
    browseable = yes

# By default, the home directories are exported read-only. Change the
# next parameter to 'no' if you want to be able to write to them.
    read only = no


# This might need tweaking when using external authentication schemes
    valid users = %S

Restart Samba sudo service smbd restart.

Now back in my Windows machine I try and map to my Ubuntu drive with \\[my-machine-name]\[my-machines-admin-user]. The little dialog comes up asking me for a Network Username and Password so I enter the credentials aaaaaaand... it tells me that it is no good. I can see the user I am logging in with is not just [ubuntu-username] but [my-windows-machine]\[ubuntu-username]... ??

I'm tired, any help? There's not too much info out there on the web for this.


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up vote 7 down vote accepted

At Ubuntu Machine open terminal

sudo smbpasswd -a USERNAME

where USERNAME is your user name

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Ah, ah, ah! That's it! Oh man, thank you! Haha. (I'm sorry I can't vote you up, don't have enough rep 'round here!) – igneosaur Feb 23 '12 at 11:36
between @One Zero I also want to access my Ubuntu files into Windows 7. Can you please detail me bit from a scratch as to what I need to do. Some tutorial reference link would also do. – meteors May 31 '13 at 15:57

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