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Should I upgrade Samba 3.6 to Samba 4.1

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I just installed Samba on my Centos 6.4 computer. Smbstatus says my version is 3.6.9-151.el6-4.1.

My smb.conf file only has a [global] and [homes] section.

My configuration works, as expected, from a Win7 Virtual Box computer and a Win8 Virtual Box computer. I can see the share from the Windows file explorer and can map the share to a network drive. The Samba server is not virtual.

The problem is my other Win7 laptop which is running some sort of home edition of Win7. I did everything I could in control panel to enable file sharing but I still can't see the Samba share. I can ping the computer running Samba? I tried to launch "gpedit.msc" but this program was not there.

Do you think it would work if I upgraded Samba to the latest version 4.1? Should I consider upgrading to Win7 professional?

posted Oct 23, 2013 by Sheetal Chauhan

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I have a Windows machine that says "Windows7 Home Premium". There is no problem seeing / accessing Samba shares from there. Samba is 3.x.
Chances are there is firewall software on the laptop blocking it.
What workgroup did you set on the laptop...? The pro version is for joining domains I think.

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I believe win7 home only supports simple file sharing, which precludes its ability for mounting real shares. If this is indeed true you will likely need to upgrade to win7 pro or premium.

answer Oct 23, 2013 by anonymous
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