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    Accessing Vista Shares


    Has anybody figured out a way to access vista shares and vista shared printers from a Linux machine?
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    Okay... I've got it now...

    Step 1: On vista machine. Go to your network and sharing center. Turn on network sharing. You have the option to turn on password protection as well if you'd like.

    Step 2: Open your registry on the vista machine. Go to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Contro l
    Now make the Value of LMCompatibility 1, instead of 3.
    Reboot the machine.

    Step 3: Now go to the linux machine.
    Manual Mount with Password:
    sudo mount -t smbfs //VISTA-PC/public /path/to/desired/folder -o username=user,password=pass,iocharset=utf8

    Manual Mount without Password:
    sudo mount -t smbfs //VISTA-PC/public /path/to/desired/folder -o iocharset=utf8

    Editing fstab for automount with password:
    Open /etc/fstab with root privileges and add a line like the following (change it to fit your needs, obviously)
    //vista-pc/public /folder/to/mount/to smbfs username=user,password=pass,iocharset=utf8 0 0

    Editing fstab for automount without password:
    Open /etc/fstab with root privileges and add a line like the following (change it to fit your needs, obviously)
    //vista-pc/public /folder/to/mount/to smbfs iocharset=utf8 0 0


    Once mounted you should be able to setup printer sharing for the linux machine as well.
    Two levels higher than a newb.
    (I can search google)

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    This page is wonderful, if you follow each instruction carefully and never "skip off":

    HOWTO: Setup Samba peer-to-peer with Windows - Ubuntu Forums

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