[CentOS] Unable to share directory via Samba?

Eero Volotinen eero.volotinen at iki.fi
Tue Dec 1 09:14:58 UTC 2009

Quoting James Bensley <jwbensley at gmail.com>:

> So I went to System > Administration > Server Settings > Samba and
> added a folder to share and initially set it to guest access to get
> things going.
> I couldn't access this one and only share on this server with guest
> access from either my Windows laptop  (XP Pro SP3) or a Leopard server
> (10.5.8) so I changed the settings to use user authentication and
> added my local user details (this is a stand alone file server with
> one user and the root user running CentOS 5.4).
> I made sure I hadn't put the entries in iptables incorrect by stopping
> iptables (sudo /etc/init.d/iptables stop, which executed just fine).
> SELinux kept popping up so I disabled that and restarted the server
> also. So now with no iptables nor SELinux enabled flicking between
> guest and user access I still can't access the share (I have also
> tried authenticating as root to no avail), my Windows and Mac test
> machines are erroring out saying they don't have permissions to access
> the share (I am an administrator on both machines so its not a local
> permissions issue).
> There are no firewall restrictions between my test machines and the
> CentOS server as I would even get prompted for authentication so
> that's not a problem and my test machines work fine because I can
> mount smb shares on other files servers in the same subnet as the
> CentOS server, what's going on?
> Ideas are welcome! Thanks for reading...

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