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Author Topic: Connecting to my home network  (Read 3221 times)
Dun_Dun
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« on: November 04, 2008, 05:47:47 pm »

I have a windows vista system connected through a router to my Vector system. I can't see linux from windows networking (how do i fix this?).

I can see the windows system from vector using pyNeighborhood but when i try to access the system i get an error that says "scanning host My-PC failed (how do i access this machine?)
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nightflier
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2008, 06:30:57 pm »

Read through this and see if it answers some questions:
http://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?topic=84.0

What version of VL are you using?
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Dun_Dun
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2008, 08:22:15 pm »

I'm using VectorLinux Standard Edition. I tried to detect my shared volumes on my windows vista system with no luck. The smbtree command returned an access deneid response but i have file sharing enabled and the firewall is disabled. Vector does see the network and the machine but can't gain access to it. I also attepted to share the samba server but windows network doesn't see it at all. Thanks for your help is there anything else I can try?
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2008, 09:25:18 pm »

Okay, I will assume VL 5.9 Standard. I have to admit I know very little about Vista. How about we concentrate on using VL as the server?

To do so, please complete these steps from the howto:
Code:
Become root.
Enable samba as a service on boot:
vasm
  continue to > service > srvset > (your runlevel, or all) > (Check the box for samba)

To start out easy, try one universally readable/writeable without authentication.
This is like WXP using "simple file sharing" and "allow users to change files":

Prepare the share. Normal Linux file restrictions apply, as well as samba restrictions.
mkdir /path/smb_shared
chmod 777 /path/smb_shared

Edit /etc/samba/smb.conf:
Find the following line and change WORKGROUP to reflect your workgroup name:
workgroup = WORKGROUP
Next line to change determines access control. "share" is easiest to use, but less secure than "user".
security = share
At the end of the file, add this to define the share:
[Wide_Open]
   comment = Read-write for all
   path = /path/smb_shared
   read only = no
   public = yes

Restart samba:
/etc/rc.d/init.d/samba restart
Now try connecting from an external machine.
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GrannyGeek
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2008, 10:32:14 pm »

Here's an apparently little known secret about accessing networked Windows machines without going through the whole Samba thing.

Konqueror, the KDE file manager/browser, can see your Windows shares under Network Folders. You can copy files from Linux to Windows with Konqueror.

You don't need all of KDE in order to get Konqueror, maybe just kdelibs and kdebase. It's worth installing for easy access to Windows even if for no other reason. I've always been befuddled by Samba and my feeble efforts to set it up have all failed, but I don't need it thanks to Konqueror.
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2008, 09:20:13 am »

I can see the windows system from vector using pyNeighborhood but when i try to access the system i get an error that says "scanning host My-PC failed (how do i access this machine?)

First, I've found pyNeighborhood works best as root.  Then you need to adjust preferences so that it doesn't attempt to connect anonymously (i.e. uncheck the box).  Last, you need to 'scan as user' and provide the Vista username/password when prompted.  This is worked for me.
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2008, 09:47:01 am »

Konqueror, the KDE file manager/browser, can see your Windows shares under Network Folders. You can copy files from Linux to Windows with Konqueror.

Excellent suggestion GrannyGeek ! This is a too little known fact and an easy way to do things.
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