No SMB/Samba support on Windows Home Editions

GARRISON, TRAVIS J. garrisot at
Fri Apr 27 21:15:56 UTC 2007

Windows Home editions cannot join an Active Directory domain, but they
can access smb shares.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-questions at
[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at] On Behalf Of L Goodwin
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2007 3:50 PM
To: FreeBSD-questions at
Subject: No SMB/Samba support on Windows Home Editions

I've been working feverishly to set up a Samba share
on FreeBSD 6.2 server to provide file storage for
clients running Windows XP Pro and Windows Vista Home

I just had a long talk with the ISP's tech support,
and was told a number of things that I would like to
confirm or deny:

1) Windows "Home" editions (including XP and Vista)
have support for SMB protocol disabled in Active
Directory Domain Connections functionality! 
Is this true?

2) The only way to make Samba work for Windows Home
editions is to change the Samba server's domain
configuration to "peer-to-peer". 
Is this true? If YES, how do I do that?
Could not find reference it in the Official Samba-3
HOW TO and Reference Guide.

3) Other options discussed:

1) Replace Vista Home with Windows XP Pro (or Vista
Pro) or exchange computer for one with a "Pro"

2) Repartition the RAID 1 Mirror/Duplex as NTFS (or
DOS) partitions (and don't use Samba)? Feedback and
reference on a good "how to" appreciated.

3) Change FreeBSD server to a Windows server (ugh).

Can anyone address these assertions and/or provide
assistance in other ways to use FreeBSD as a
fileserver for Windows "Home" (and Pro) clients?

He also cited a recent InfoWorld survey in which 30%
of companies responding plan to never implement Vista,
that they consider it an "interim" version that will
be used as an excuse for dropping legacy support.

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