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    Question Can't get user logins and guest users to work at the same time on Samba

    I've converted an old Xbox in to a Samba/NAS for my media centre (win 7) and laptop (OS X). I've installed SWAT as well to manage it.

    I'm trying to get it setup so that there's a user which has access to my ~/ and a guest user which just has read access to ~/Media so that the Media centre can read all the files from it without having to login.

    I think I've created the users ok and when the security type is set to USER I can login using my user name and password and access the Home Share which points to ~/ but I can't access the ~/Media share.

    However when I reset the security type to SHARE (as I've read in this forum a few places). It allows me to login but every share says it's unable to access them (from both my laptop and media centre). But when I just login as a guest (no user/pass) I can access ~/Media

    Really confusing, but I guess I'm probably missing something stupidly obvious?
    Last edited by juliushibert; 07-09-2010 at 04:58 PM. Reason: Spelt samba wrong

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    I've managed to have a bit more of a play with Samba and SWAT today and the problem seems to be when Security = USER -- I'm able to login and access both ~/Media and ~/ as two seperate shares.

    However when I set map to guest from Never to either bad user or bad password, then I can access the ~/Media share but when I try to access the ~/ share I don't get any login box just an error saying I don't have permission to access the share.

    Here's my smb.conf in case that offers any luck?

    # Samba config file created using SWAT
    # from (
    # Date: 2010/07/10 20:39:16
    # Global parameters
            workgroup = MS_HOME
            server string = %h server (Samba %v)
            obey pam restrictions = Yes
            passdb backend = tdbsam, guest
            passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
            passwd chat = *Enter\snew\sUNIX\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\sUNIX\spas$
            syslog = 0
            log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
            max log size = 1000
            dns proxy = No
            ldap ssl = no
            panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
            invalid users = root
            valid users = gil, live
            write list = gil
            hosts allow =,
            hosts deny =
            comment = Home Directories
            path = /home/gil/
            create mask = 0700
            directory mask = 0700
            browseable = No
            comment = All Printers
            path = /tmp
            create mask = 0700
            printable = Yes
            browseable = No
            comment = Printer Drivers
            path = /var/lib/samba/printers
            comment = Media Files
            path = /home/gil/Media/
            valid users =           
            write list =
            guest only = Yes
            guest ok = Yes
            comment = Home Directory of Gil
            path = /home/gil/
            valid users = gil
            read only = No

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