unable to browse windows network with samba4

I use Fedora 17 on my work laptop and thus need to connect to windows share sometimes. After I upgraded to Fedora 17 some time, I was unable to browse the windows network. I would get all kind of errors and warnings and tried everything that I knew about Samba to fix the issue. Tried searching through all the forums to figure out what was wrong but nothing helped. And suddenly today I resolved it and guess how:

Samba4 packages still are not able to mount the windows shares.

So, the solution was simple, remove samba 4 and go back to samba 3 current version in the repos. That sounded easy, until I started doing it. There are lot of dependencies on the samba-client so unless you are ready to remove them all and add them again, it’s not going to be that easy. Finally I had to do it the old fashioned way, using rpm command rather that yum, and here is how I did it:

rpm -e --nodeps samba4*
sudo yum install samba*

Since, I wanted all the samba4 packages to go away so removed them all at one go and then added the samba packages with yum :).

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client lanman auth is disabled error for samba

The error:

Server requested LANMAN password (share-level security) but ‘client lanman auth’ is disabled

is easily fixable. You just need to tell samba that client lanman auth is enabled. And here is how to do this:

If you are getting this error then add the following in the globals section of the samba configuration:

client lanman auth = Yes

 

Ensure that you change this in the file /etc/samba/smb.conf

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using gigolo for all your network mounting needs

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Have you ever thought that there should be one central location or application to connect to all you required servers with whichever protocol. If you did, the you wishes are granted.

Name       : gigolo
Arch       : i686
Version    : 0.4.0
Release    : 1.fc12
Size       : 443 k
Repo       : installed
From repo  : updates
Summary    : GIO/GVFS management application
URL        : http://goodies.xfce.org/projects/applications/gigolo/
License    : GPLv2
Description: A frontend to easily manage connections to remote filesystems using GIO/GVFS.
           : It allows you to quickly connect/mount a remote filesystem and manage
           : bookmarks of such.

With gogolo you can mount FTP, WebDAV, obex, SSH, Windows Share(Samba) and others. You can use bookmarks too. What else do we need?

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