--- Steve Franks <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> > 1) Windows "Home" editions (including XP and
> Vista)
> > have support for SMB protocol disabled in Active
> > Directory Domain Connections functionality!
> > Is this true?
> >
> > ...
> I've been doing this for a long time (just not with
> Vista), but what
> was said is just as true for XP, so I assume nothing
> further is
> disabled in vista.
> There's been alot of replies over the weeked, but I
> don't think any
> cuts to the heart of the matter.
> * They are just telling you you can't have a
> "domain" or "active
> directory", we actually ran one for a while, and the
> maintenence cost
> to keep the thing happy was one of the factors that
> made me learn
> fbsd.
> * When someone said 'peer to peer', I think they
> were really talking
> about a "workgroup" as opposed to a domain - it's
> not really peer to
> peer, afaik, but the analogy works.
> 1) Just set your 'home' box to a random 'workgroup'
> in the network
> setup - you are not going to use it anyway.
> 2) Get your smb box running.
> 3) Map a network drive in windows, and use the IP
> for the smb box.  I
> have NEVER had a 'workgroup' function correctly. 
> Boxes all wired on
> the same 100-T switch, and they still can't see
> eachother?  Amazing.
> Just use the IP adress (i.e.
> \\192.168.1.xyz\mysmbshare) to map the
> drive and you will never have a problem.  Oh, and as
> you are on a fbsd
> box, I assume the capitalization of 'mysmbshare'
> must be correct,
> although samba might 'fix' that for you.  I just
> followed the
> instructions in the handbook and samba.org, and had
> things working in
> an hour or two.

Thanks, Steve. I resolved the hostname/IP resolution
issue by specifying them in etc/hosts file on each
Windows client (still need to make server's IP address
static in the router, but it's working fine for now).
After that, I was able to mount using "net use
/persistent:Yes s: \\SERVER\sharename".

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