Do I need Samba server running to access Windows shares over my home network? [closed]

asked 2014-07-20 21:07:59 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

updated 2014-07-21 03:02:42 -0500

NickTux gravatar image


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I have a Windows 7 machine and a couple of drives on it that are shared over the network. I was having trouble getting nautilus to browse my home network and see these shares. I looked around a bit, and it turned out my firewall wasn't correctly configured. I had to open some netbios related ports as documented here. Recently, I found another post that says I need samba-server installed and running to access shares hosted on another system. Is this correct? Shouldn't having the client installed be sufficient? Can someone also please comment on the port numbers specified in the first post and check if they're correct and complete?


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Closed for the following reason duplicate question by NickTux
close date 2014-07-21 03:01:05.572328



Hello, I have only enabled samba-client in firewall configuration, and manage connecting network drives using smb://<host-or-ip>/<share> in dolphin (I guess the same would work on nautilus). </share></host-or-ip>

However, I cannot discover the share by navigating through "network" icon. Maybe because of some permissions missing on netbios side.

tonioc gravatar imagetonioc ( 2014-07-21 02:49:31 -0500 )edit

Yes, there is no need to install samba-server. And with proper firewall settings, you should be able to browse network also. You can try with the most permissive firewall configuration (put the connection into "trusted" zone) and limit it later.

hedayat gravatar imagehedayat ( 2014-07-21 04:59:18 -0500 )edit