At 03:38 PM 4/24/2007, L Goodwin wrote:
I installed the samba-3.0.23c_2,1 package on a server destined for a small
office network running Windows clients. Have not yet configured the
Am trying to test the Samba configuration "offline" before connecting it
to the network (router connected to cable modem, clients connected to
router via Cat-5e Ethernet).
Issues/Questions (see Samba configuration details at end of email):
This is a bit off-topic here. There are samba lists that will better serve
1) "smbclient -L <hostname>" fails with "Connection to SERVER failed".
Get same error for "smbclient //SERVER/sambavol". What does this mean?
2) What value to assign "netbios name" in smb.conf?
The netbios name is the server's name your client pc's will see for those
shares. It will be case insensitive and needs to be a unique name for the LAN.
3) What degree of network configuration is necessary for "smbclient -L
<hostname>" to work?
You need a proper IP stack running that will hit the gateway for your LAN.
4) How to verify that Samba3 package was installed successfully (other
than lack of warnings/errors during install)?
Use a client computer and test the connection. There are utilities to
help, but they don't always completely test a windows client connecting.
SAMBA CONFIGURATION DETAILS:
1) Create smb.conf file in /usr/local/etc:
workgroup = office
netbios name = tbd (is this required, and how/where to get/set it?)
It is the server name you will use on your LAN. Make it up.
security = share
path = /sambavol
browseable = yes
writeable = yes
printable = no
2) Add entry to start samba in /etc/rc.conf:
3) Start Samba:
(to stop samba: /usr/local/etc/rc.d/samba.sh stop)
Or it will start on boot-up.
Note: Need to keep the file server synced with Internet standard time (see
NTPD(8) man page).
1) Verify that smb.conf file is in the right directory (gets read):
which smbd # Get location of smbd
cd /usr/local/sbin # cd to the directory containing smbd!
smbd -b | grep smb.conf # Get location of smb.conf (verify path is
(output: CONFIGFILE: /usr/local/sbin/smb.conf)
2) Test Samba configuration file:
3) List shares available on server:
smbclient -L <hostname>
RESULT: FAIL ("Connection to SERVER failed")
Additional Samba Configuration Steps:
1) Uncommented the following lines in /etc/inetd.conf and rebooted:
#netbios-ssn stream tcp nowait root
#netbios-ns dgram udp wait root /usr/local/sbin/nmbd
On reboot, get these boot messages:
Removing stale Samba tdb files: ...... done
RESULT: Still getting "Connection to SERVER failed".
Depends on how you are trying to do your authentication. Check your
smb.conf. If you are going to authenticat against an existing windows
domain or active directory you need to compile windbind in your samba.
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