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I have properly set up a share using samba (as best I can tell because I can access the share with my Macbook by navigating to smb://

How do I connect to this same share called "share" from my Windows 8 desktop?

I've tried typing into my Windows Explorer address bar:

\\[servername]\share servername == the name of the ubuntu server


Windows says it "cannot access" the address so this indicates Windows isn't being denied, its just not finding it at all. There is no promt for credentials as I was given on my OS X machine.


I have not set security = user or any other security settings outside workgroup = WORKGROUP in /ect/samba/smb.conf

apache2 has been installed on the server and I can access the initial page by navigating to in a browser.

sudo iptables -L results in:

Chain INPUT (policy ACCEPT)
target     prot opt source               destination

Chain FORWARD (policy ACCEPT)
target     prot opt source               destination

Chain OUTPUT (policy ACCEPT)
target     prot opt source               destination

I have also changed the security setting noted on this question: Windows 7, connecting to Samba shares

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If you ping the Ubuntu box, do you get a response? CMD - 'ping ...' – Jake Elsley Jul 25 '13 at 20:16
I am able to ping that IP address (deleted previous incorrect comment). – ktamlyn Jul 25 '13 at 20:33

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