I was back onsite and trying it again, in vain. Copied the conf from another site's working setup and dumped directly, recreated with the same names and all. No go. So again removed and install samba again, made a blank conf file, fire up SWAT and did the most basic config. Even chmod 777 the directory. Conf file [global] workgroup = MKSC52 netbios name = MKSC52 security = SHARE log level = 2 os level = 35 [staff] comment = Staff Share path = /home/staff valid users = jackie @staff I've changed one of the Windows machine workgroup to a fresh one as above, in case the existing WIndows 2000 domain controller was somehow interfering. The pc name was also changed to the user's name. But no joy either. But at least Samba is logging something after that # [2009/03/06 17:38:31, 2] smbd/reply.c:reply_special(324) netbios connect: name1=MKS2009C52 name2=JACKIE [2009/03/06 17:38:31, 2] smbd/reply.c:reply_special(331) netbios connect: local=mks2009c52 remote=jackie, name type = 0 [2009/03/06 17:40:31, 2] smbd/process.c:timeout_processing(1363) Closing idle connection On the windows side, there was a brief pause before Windows tells me I have no permission to access the network resource. No prompt for password.