I'm trying to connect to a Windows network/printer and Ubuntu keeps asking for a username and password authentication. The problem is that the Windows network doesn't have any password authentication enabled. Before upgrading to 16.04 it's was working ok, without the need of password.
Can't you select anonymous user and select remember forever?– ILOVEKODIJun 24, 2016 at 0:19
No. This option doesn't show up for me. (I'm on Ubuntu MATE)– Caio RamosJun 24, 2016 at 0:34
Are you using the standard file manager in mate or a different one? And are you attempting to connect to a share and printer on a Windows pc?– ILOVEKODIJun 24, 2016 at 1:16
If you are open file manager, click on network and select pc, I still receive anonymous user prompt in 16.04– ILOVEKODIJun 24, 2016 at 1:19
I'm using the default file manager on Mate (Caja). I have othes windows PC's in this network that can access shared files (and the printer) without any password authentication.– Caio RamosJun 24, 2016 at 1:28
I realized I just had to use my system password (that I use to login to Ubuntu)
Aside from the usual, "You need to put a password on your fileshares" response I will offer the following reply. More to the point, however, more modern versions of windows are starting to enforce the need for having a password. This is a good thing.
Following may be a post that has your answer. https://serverfault.com/questions/630631/how-to-make-samba-share-to-not-ask-for-password
I was thrown off by your mention of the printer. My comments are about connecting to a fileshare.
He just upgraded Ubuntu not Windows and was working on previous version. He is not setting up a samba share, he is connecting to his Windows share Jun 24, 2016 at 1:15
Exactly. The problem must be my Ubuntu's present configuration. Jun 24, 2016 at 1:29
After doing some research this issue appears to be fixed in samba version 4.3.9.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
This should resolve your issue and allow you to click anonymous and remember forever choice.
If at 4.3.9, follow the guide on this website to mount Windows shares permanently.
My samba is already on 4.3.9 and my system is fully upgraded. Jun 24, 2016 at 2:20
Caio, I added a link at the bottom to manually add the shares permanently. This should work but takes a little setup Jun 24, 2016 at 2:28
Ok, I'll try it later ;) Jun 24, 2016 at 2:31
Firstly, right click on your Windows 7 Computer icon and then select Properties. There, you shall find and right down your Computer's Name, e.g. «Alex-PC». That is the username that Ubuntu 16.04 is asking for.
Secondly, give as password your Ubuntu's 16.04 system password and voila, you are ready to go.
P.S.: Keep in mind that you must have disabled network need for password from your Windows 7 advanced network options.