I have a home network on a HP Media Smart Server with Windows Home Server OS and a HTPC with Ubuntu 14.10.

Everything is working great with the exception that I cannot access my home network.

When I go to files, browse network the Ubuntu machine sees the Home Server and the other computer running Windows 7 but when I enter my password it will not connect. It brings back the password screen and says a password is required.

I have double checked the password and even reset it but it still will not connect.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Is the Ubuntu username/password identical to the Windows username/password?
    – Fabby
    Dec 5, 2014 at 14:35
  • HOw would I check this I have the Ubuntu computer setup with one user admin with no password required to logon and that user name is the same as a user profile on the HP server.
    – Von
    Dec 6, 2014 at 16:22
  • "no password required" actually has a password, but really complicated and generated and used by Ubuntu internally... You definitely don't want that! Ensure both user names and passwords are identical.
    – Fabby
    Dec 6, 2014 at 16:32
  • Thanks Fabby23 I changed my user password on the server and was able to get connected. I greatly appreciate your help.
    – Von
    Dec 7, 2014 at 16:27
  • Don't thank me, I'll add it as an answer instead of a comment. Just accept the answer and upvote it! That's the best thank you you can provide!
    – Fabby
    Dec 7, 2014 at 16:48

1 Answer 1


Windows uses something called "shadow passwords" to allow access to windows shares if you're not connected to a corporate LAN.

Just ensure that the user name and password on your Ubuntu machine are identical to the one on your Windows machine

(or alternatively if you have a need for multiple users to connect to that share: define all users on the Windows machine as well and add their user names to the Access Control List of the Windows share!)

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