Started with the initial Samba configuration file /etc/samba/smb.conf, here are a few important lines that I modified or turned on:
workgroup = workgroup #change workgroup to my own home network name here
security = share # I need to include printer, and found security=user could add complexity to an occasional guest computers.
encrypt password = YES
samba password file =/etc/samba/smbpasswd
Then I add my username to my samba password file
$ smbpasswd -a myusername
Restart the samba daemon
$ /etc/init.d/smb restart
Turn off the firewall:
$ /etc/init.d/iptables stop
In fact, one just needs to open a few ports instead of turning off the entire firewall, but here is just a simple solution if the computers are safely isolated from the internet by a router.
Click “My Network Places” -> “Set up a home or small office network”, and a set up window will appear. Just go through the rest steps following the question in the window. An early mistake that I’ve ever made before is when it asked “Select the statement that best describe the computer”, I chose the first one, i.e., directly connect to the network. In fact, the correct one shoud be the second, i.e., the computer is connected to another computer or gateway in my case, because indeed my computer is connected to my wireless router, which effectively is a small computer.
Finally, clicking “My Network Places” will show the samba server. Clicking the server will prompt you a username and password, which is the username and password that you added in the previous Linux side step.
I was also trying to set up access of my Linux machine to the Windows machine, but found XP SP2 firewall is blocking access. So I didn’t bother to try more.
Here is the final set up (output of testparm)
# Global parameters
workgroup = HOLLYWOOD
server string = Samba Server
security = SHARE
log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
max log size = 50
socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
printcap name = /etc/printcap
dns proxy = No
idmap uid = 16777216-33554431
idmap gid = 16777216-33554431
cups options = raw
comment = Home Directories
read only = No
browseable = No
comment = All Printers
path = /var/spool/samba
guest ok = Yes
printable = Yes
browseable = No