Cannot Access Shared Folders in Fedora with Windows XP

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Hello everyone, here is my situation...........

One of the staff told the director that one of our chairwoman cannot access shared folders offered by the Windows XP Professional computers through her computer running Fedora. what solution can we do to make this possible for her??? if you know of a solution, please briefly explain how it works.

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ASKED: June 10, 2010  10:09 PM
UPDATED: December 17, 2010  2:21 PM

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You will need to install SAMBA on the linux side and some minor configurations to be done so both machines can talk to each other.

Here’s a great simplified article that you can use:

http://www.reallylinux.com/docs/basicnetworking.shtml

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  • Willnottellyou
    What Aquacer has said above is perfectly alright but I feel to ask you some questions is SAMBA already installed if yes then is the SAMBA service up and running if yes has anyone changed the SAMBA config please check for these possibilities. Also install a helpful utility called webmin which will give you graphical user interface to manage your Fedora Server. By default your home directories are ( SAMBA share ) is always up and running but if it is asking for a password login as root and give a command called smbpasswd -a <username> it will as for a password insert the password and then try accesing your fedora box from xp machine
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  • petkoa
    In fact, if your colleague runs Gnome desktop on Fedora, there is no need in running samba if she wants just to access shared resources on other PCs. She'll need samba only if she wants to export some resources. Otherwise, Gnome has a way to enumerate workgroups, computers and shared folders without samba daemons, even without smbclient. One need to set workgroup not in smb.conf (which is missing if you have no samba installed) but in gconf editor... I'm not even sure should she need a cifs.mount or smbfs.mount programs for accessing shares - but if she wants to mount (semi)permanently some shares into the Linux directory tree, she'll definitely need some of these "mounters", though necessary kernel modules should be in place. So - why the problem accessing shares? It could be a firewall issue or if you have domain authentication in place, she has no proper credentials set by the domain controller... Good luck, Petko
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  • Bharatsingh
    What Aquacer has said above is perfectly alright but I feel to ask you some questions is SAMBA already installed if yes then is the SAMBA service up and running if yes has anyone changed the SAMBA config please check for these possibilities. Also install a helpful utility called webmin which will give you graphical user interface to manage your Fedora Server. By default your home directories are ( SAMBA share ) is always up and running but if it is asking for a password login as root and give a command called smbpasswd -a <username> it will as for a password insert the password and then try accesing your fedora box from xp machine
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  • brydell
    All this talk about SAMBA server is off the point. The question was "How can I access an XP drive from Fedora", not "How can I serv up an XP drove using Fedora". To access any WIn drive from Fedora, you need to install Samba-Client. Then mount the XP drive usinge type=cifs. You may need to do the mounting via a shell/terminal, unless you are willin to put your password into the mount command. You need to have a mount point, like /windows/XP After the mount, you will see the files like any other files. 'mount -t cifs //host/XP-name /windows/XP -o username=YourUser,workgroup=Your Group,file_mode=0777' Good Luck!
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