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I am using windows 7 client and the latest version of ubuntu server installed inside vmware workstation.

Ubuntu server is a fresh install with just openssh server as the only program I installed in it via apt get so far.

I would like to get access to the Ubuntu server file system through a mapped drive on windows. When I go to Computer >> Map Network Drive and enter:


It errors out saying windows cannot access: \\\home\tk.

Is there anything I have to install to make this possible?

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You'll probably want samba not samba4, but it should work fine anyway; run 'smbpasswd -a USERNAME' and enter a password for your user. Samba keeps it's own password store that can be synced with the linux password (and last I checked the default in ubuntu is to turn on syncing) but you have to set the initial password with 'smbpasswd -a'.

Also, edit /etc/samba/smb.conf and uncomment the homes section (should be near the bottom). Leave the other settings to default.

It should look something like:

[home] browseable = no valid user = %s

(that is off the top of my head; probably best to not just copy paste in to your config, but those are the 2 directives samba will usually need for homes)

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You could look into using Samba. I haven't set it up myself, but I know that it implements the same protocol that Windows normally uses to communicate with network drives. Ubuntu 12.04 has it as a package under the name samba, so just run sudo apt-get install samba.

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I install samba4 on the server and tried to map the network drive again and got the same error. Did I have to do anything else after installing samba? – JakeRow123 Feb 3 '13 at 22:23
so after install samba not samba4 I do get a password prompt. But when I type my password which is correct it says network password is incorrect. – JakeRow123 Feb 3 '13 at 22:34
Try this:… – cpast Feb 3 '13 at 22:36
Those fixes listed are not relevant on an recent version of samba. You shouldn't need to change anything on the windows side, source: i'm running samba 3 and 4 against windows 7/8 clients and they still work fine after slowly upgrading from xp->vista->onwards – Justin Feb 3 '13 at 22:57

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