Win XP to Samba networking
This is my first attempt at seeking help through Linuxforums.
Last week, I took the plunge and loaded Debian onto a P4 2.8GHz PC I had spare in order to play with Linux for the first time. All has gone well. I have managed to load a driver for the video card, sorted out errant screen resolutions and then turned my attentions to Samba. I have managed to set it up so that I can see and connect to my Windows XP PCs from my Debian PC but am having difficulty achieving the reverse i.e. connecting to the Linux PC from the Win XP machines. Having read a variety of help files and poached from a variety of sources, I have come up with a smb.conf file as follows:
workgroup = CATRIONA
server string = %h server (Samba %v)
dns proxy = no
log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 1000
syslog = 0
panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
security = share
encrypt passwords = true
passdb backend = tdbsam guest
obey pam restrictions = yes
invalid users = root
passwrd program = usr/bin/passwd %u
socket options = TCP_NODELAY
comment = Shared Files
path = /home/shared files
writable = yes
guest ok = yes
comment = Home Directory
browseable = yes
writable = yes
create mask = 0775
directory mask = 0775
The result of this file's settings is that when I look in "My Network Places" on my XP machines, I can see the Samba Server icon. Sor far so good
When I click on the icon, I see three more icons labelled "Home", "Shared files" and "Printers and Faxes"
Clicking on the "Home" icon brings up a Windows login box with the Username already filled in with "Guest" (which is greyed out and can't be changed) and the password line available for an entry. Unfortunately, I don't know what password I should use for "Guest"
Clicking on the "Shared" icon results in the windows generic error message stating that "\\(Server Name)\shared files is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. etc etc ..."
Clicking on the "Printers and Faxes" icon opens Printers and Faxes directory (which is empty as I haven't got to installing printers - yet!)
So, how do I make my home directory accessible to the Win XP machines? I currently only have one user set up on the Linux box (in addition to "root") User Name is tom.
Likewise, What is the reason for the "shared files" error message?
I have reached the end of my intelectual limits with this, having consulted every text I could find during the last two days. I suspect the answer is a very simple one and that I have missed it somewhere along the line.
Can anyone help?