[CentOS] CentOS-Samba question

Robert kerplop at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jun 3 20:45:26 UTC 2008

MHR wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 2, 2008 at 10:16 AM, John R Pierce <pierce at hogranch.com> wrote:
>>> win9X has horrible network username habits...    you need to determine what
>>> username its running as... dirty trick, log off, and the username should be
>>> in the login prompt, just hit enter to relogin with the same username and
>>> the same blank local password..   on the SAMBA server, create that username
>>> as a linux user, AND `smbuser -a username`, assign it a smb password.   when
>>> win98 prompts for a password, thats the username it will use, you get no
>>> choice, and win98 should be able to 'save' that password (if you check said
>>> box on the login prompt), which causes it to be saved to a <username>.pwd
>>> file  (I think thats the name of the password cache).
> More progress:
> It occurred to me that somewhere along the line I had not given my
> CentOS guest user smb access, so I ran smbpasswd and set the guest
> password to match its login password.  When I went back to W98, I
> tried to add the network printer - it recognized the name
> (\\mhrichter\MPP1100) and asked for a password.  I gave it the guest
> password, and it proceeded to try to install it.  I put in the CD,
> went through all the (right) moves to install the driver, and then the
> moment of truth:
> W98 said I had to reboot.
> I knew I was in trouble.  I rebooted, and, lo and behold, the printer
> was suddenly offline and unavailable (there was no change to the
> CentOS host or the printer at all).
> I deleted the printer to start over, but this time W98 said the
> printer was offline when I input the name and the password.
> W98 still can't see the network or any of the shares in the Network
> Neighborhood, but at least I can reach for it by name.
> Any doors or windows in this wall?
It might be easier to give up.*

For years, I had a single inkjet printer on my modest home network, 
physically connected to this machine.  It works great once setup until 
something changes. (Versions of Windows and/or versions and/or flavors 
of Linux on another box.)  A while back, I added a laser printer, 
choosing one that could go either parallel, USB or ethernet.  I got out 
my crimpers, made a network cable and haven't looked back.  What a 
pleasure! It was a breeze to set up and it's alway visible to any 
computer on the network.

The point is, unless your time is virtually worthless, you might think 
about a print server. Netgear, D-link and Linksys all make them.  BTW, 
my laser printer is a Brother HL-5250 DN and I'm pretty happy with it.

> Thanks.
> mhr
> PS: I have always said that I don't really hate Window$, I just prefer
> working in and on Unix/Linux.  I don't think that's true any more,
> although I must say that of all the versions of Window$ I've ever
> used, XP is the least objectionable.
> PPS: Yes, this is Window$ XP Pro (but I think it's still SP1), and 98
> SE.  It's still Window$, a Micro$oft product, which really says it
> all.
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