Joining a Windows network

  • johne53
Posted: Fri, 02/29/2008 - 08:31
My 64studio box is connected to a router which also has my Windows box connected. I quite like the way that 64studio can see my Windows workgroup and all its shared items. But the 64studio box seems to be completely invisible to Windows (Windows is completely oblivious to the fact that it's even there). I can ping the 64studio box, which is always a good sign - but what do I need to do to make 64studio join my Windows network and share some folders that Windows will be able to see?

Found it..!

  • johne53
  • 10/07/07
  • Sat, 04/19/2008 - 10:18
In case anyone else needs to do this, there's a step missing in Huygens instructions. Along with everything else he wrote, you need to find the file at /etc/samba/smb.conf Near the top of that file there's a line saying "workgroup = Workgroup". You need to change that name from 'Workgroup' to the actual name of your Windows workgroup.

This bit's not working:-

  • johne53
  • 10/07/07
  • Sat, 04/19/2008 - 06:36
I took another look at that article I linked to. It gives these instructions for what to do after you've selected a folder for sharing:- " You will get a new window [...] Basically, you should only need to set a network share name in the field “Name:”, and validate your entry. You might want to have a look at the other options to tune the way your share will be available. Also, if you have changed the default Windows XP workgroup on your Windows system, it would then be recommended to click on the “General Windows sharing settings” button and modify the “Domain / Workgroup” field to match the one you specified under Windows. " That's where it seems to go wrong. I don't get the 'General Windows sharing settings” button. Therefore I can't enter a domain or workgroup name. 64studio is assuming that my workgroup is just called "workgroup". In fact it even sets up the 'workgroup' workgroup and puts the shared folder into it. So I have all my Windows shares in one workgroup and all my 64studio shares in another (misnamed) workgroup. Since there seems to be no simple way of sorting this out, is there a file somewhere where I could edit the workgroup details?

Back to square one

  • johne53
  • 10/07/07
  • Wed, 04/16/2008 - 18:41
I managed to make this work on my laptop machine but I can't seem to repeat the success on my desktop machine. If I remember correctly, I needed to open gconf-editor, then I went to system->smb and set up a new key with the name of my Windows workgroup. From there on, my 64studio machine could be seen in my Windows workgroup. However, this doesn't seem to work on the desktop machine. Both machines can dual-boot but when I boot the desktop PC into 64studio, even basic networking doesn't work. I've done all the same things - and both machines can actually see the Windows workgroup - but only the Windows machine is present in it. How do I add my 64studio machine?

Woohoo...!

  • johne53
  • 10/07/07
  • Fri, 02/29/2008 - 10:27
I got it to work...! This guy Huygens really seems to know what he's talking about!! http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-228454.html

Incidentally...

  • johne53
  • 10/07/07
  • Fri, 02/29/2008 - 09:09
BTW - I've already tried launching gconf-editor and adding my 64studio PC to the Windows workgroup (but even after re-booting both machines, that still didn't result in Windows seeing it). There's obviously something more to it than that....