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Master Geek

#84560 2-Jun-2011 12:29
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Hi Guys

I have recently turned and old desktop into a home server by installing Ubuntu 10.04 and Samba.  

Forgive me for my noobness

I have ensured that the workgroups are all the same and everyone is on the same network.

The desktop has 2 external hard drives plugged into it.  

From my laptop which is Windows 7 i can access the the shared folders i have set up.

The issue is my flatmates.  They both have laptops running vista.  Ubuntu shows up in their network folder and they can see all the folders that are shared but neither can access to shared folders on the hard drives. i.e. they can both access the videos folder on the hard drive of the computer but when ever they try to access the external hard drive folders they recieve an error.

Any ideas on what to try?

Thanks in advance

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Wannabe Geek

  #495203 19-Jul-2011 11:58
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It sounds to me like you have a problem with your permissions settings.

Right click on the folder you want to share, go into the "Permissions" tab, and make sure that "Others" have folder and file access. Also push "Apply Permissions to Enclosed Files".

If you'd rather do this through terminal then type in "chmod -r 777 [your directory path here]". Note that doing this grants full read/write access to everyone browsing that folder - that might not be what you're after. will show you how to better configure chmod for your specific use case.

Good luck!


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Ultimate Geek

  #495225 19-Jul-2011 12:33
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Could it be a security policy issue in the client...

Although I'm not sure that's the answer, but it might be useful to compare in the Vista and Win 7 clients.
I'm not sure, but later versions of samba might support NTLMv2.

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Uber Geek


  #495248 19-Jul-2011 13:00
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Ideally check the smb.cnf and make sure NTLMv2 is enabled, otherwise if need be you can downgrade the security setting in Vista to allow NTLM (ie: v1) to be used.

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