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Can anyone help me , I'm really struggling to connect to Windows shares via Nautilus using the Connect to server command - anyone know the correct Syntax to use for user names and domain names or work groups?

Its driving me nuts, I would fully use Ubuntu for work if I could make it connect to my Windows 2003/2008/ Windows 7 shares/ File servers seamlessly.

How do you do it? I have been googling my a$%S off but can't work it out


I have no issues with SSH or FTP

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Instead of using "connect to server" you could try opening a nautilus window, press CTRL+L to show address bar, and write the address of your shared folder in this way:


Pressing enter you'll be asked for user, domain and password for the connection. If you have trouble connecting using the domain name written in capital letter, try lower-case. Til now I've been able to connect to every Windows Server I met

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Thanks Lupp0l0 - After I wrote the question out I cracked it after a 4 hours of trying - !image - really annoying as in the help with ubuntu it assumes that you know what the syntax is - not helpful if you have come from a windows environment that users \\servername\C$ - the fact that the connect window already asks for the Domain that you log into , why would I think I would have to use as its already asked in the "domain" section! Thanks for the help - hope this helps others! – Murphy1138 Nov 30 '12 at 22:24
also added this - ------------------ SOLUTION ------------------------ in /etc/samba/smb.conf add the following to the bottom of the [global] section: client lanman auth = yes client ntlmv2 auth = no ---------------------------- – Murphy1138 Nov 30 '12 at 22:28

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