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I have the following /etc/samba/smb.conf config setup to share my homes and a custom folder named /var/itc_data_feed:

   comment = Home Directories
   browseable = yes
   read only = no

   comment = ITC_DATA_FEED
   path = /var/itc_data_feed
   read only = No

After editing this file I restarted smbd with the following command:

sudo smbd reload

I would expect to be able to access these on windows OSs through Start->Run: \\myservername\someuser or \\myservername\itc_data_feed but neither are working.

What am I missing or doing wrong?


It seems that I cannot connect using the servername but rather I must use IP address. Once I use IP address I am asked to authenticate with my linux credentials; however, I am wanting an open share that does not require authentication.

To achieve this I intentionally omitted the valid users line but I am still being asked to authenticate, why is this happening?

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Barely on topic but I think you want writable = yes instead of read only = no. You might also eventually (once it's working) want valid users = %S to limit access to homes based on the samba user. – Oli Dec 22 '11 at 14:35
@Oli, please see my update in my OP – sadmicrowave Dec 22 '11 at 14:42
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Looks like I may have solved my problem:

my smb.conf now has these changes in the following sections:

security = share

create mask = 0757

  comment = ITC_DATA_FEED
  path = /var/itc_data_feed
  writable = yes
  browsable = yes
  guest ok = yes
  create mask = 0757

these settings allow me to connect directly to the /var/itc_data_feed share without needing to authenticate and gives the user read/write permissions in the directory.

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