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I'm a newbie to Ubuntu so I apologize if I'm overlooking something easy, but I installed Samba and for whatever reason I can see my Ubuntu server on my Windows 7 computer, but when I click on it I cannot seem to pull up anything on it. Any ideas?

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you should post your smb.conf file – fossfreedom Dec 12 '11 at 20:49

You could edit your /etc/smb.conf file... use your favorite text editor:

sudo vim /etc/smb.conf

Uncomment/supply values for these:

workgroup = your_workgroup
security = user # real unix users
encrypt passwords = true
passdb backend = tdbsam
obey pam restrictions = yes
socket options = TCP_NODELAY
    comment = Home Directories
    browseable = yes
    read only = no
    create mask = 0644
    directory mask = 0755
    valid users = %S

And maybe add other shares at the end of the file...

    comment = Backup Disk
    writable = yes
    path = /mnt/backup/
    browseable = yes
    create mask = 0644
    directory mask = 0755
    valid users = root @admin @backup # only root, group admin, and group backup

Save then restart samba

sudo restart smbd

Now you can map drives with the same credentials you use for Ubuntu. Success?

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