Re: [OxLUG] networking Linux and windows

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Author: Ginny Ross
To: Oxfordshire Linux User Group Discussion List
Subject: Re: [OxLUG] networking Linux and windows

The most immediate option at my level of competence is to use the file
manager graphical tool. I can see the windows machine and WORKGROUP
within a Windows network. so that's looking promising. I get a
dialogue box requiring a password for the Windows machine. The username
supplied is the one on the Linux computer and doesn't match anything on
Windows machine; domain supplied is WORKGROUP, which is the workgroup in
the Windows machine; empty box for password.

There are several users on the Windows machine, all with different
passwords. The machine of itself doesn't have a password, nor have I
ever set one for WORKGROUP. Which parameters go together?


On 05/08/15 21:08, John Winters wrote:
> On 05/08/15 18:20, Ginny Ross wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Has anyone succeeded in networking a Linux machine and a windows one?
> Yes, often - although as John G Walker says, you're probably better
> off doing it the other way around. Install Samba on your Linux box,
> share a directory and then mount it from Windows.
>> I've got Ubuntu 14.04 on this machine and Windows 7 on a laptop. Both
>> connected hard wired to a router.
>> I've followed How to share files between Windows and Linux from How
>> to Geek.
>> ginnyross@Keswick:~$ sudo mount.cifs //laptop-name/Users/"Ginny
>> Stacey"/Desktop/Share /home/ginnyross/Desktop/Windows-Share/ -o
>> user=ginnyross
>> [sudo] password for ginnyross:
>> Password for ginnyross@//laptop-name/Users/Ginny Stacey/Desktop/Share:
>> mount error(13): Permission denied
>> Refer to the mount.cifs(8) manual page (e.g. man mount.cifs)
>> ginnyross@Keswick:~$
> That sounds like the server end - the Windows laptop - denying the share.
> Some suggestions to make diagnosis easier.
> 1) Take a look at smbclient on your Linux box. That will let you
> establish whether your Windows box is willing to share without you
> needing to go through the mount process.
> 2) Use the graphical tools now available in your Linux desktop. From
> my Linux PC (running Debian Jessie, Gnome 3.<mumble>) I just need to
> start the file manager, click on "Browse Network" and I can
> immediately see the one Windows PC on my LAN. (It isn't mine - my son
> likes to play games.)
> HTH,
> John