No SMB/Samba support on Windows Home Editions

Marc Rocque rocque.m at
Mon Apr 30 19:42:56 UTC 2007

This may be going too far off the Samba track but have you considered
using WebDAV?  All versions of MS connect to this and it's easier to
set-up security by sharing through SSL connection.  Apache can
authenticate against any NIS, database or even username password using

Good Luck,

On 4/30/07, Steve Franks <stevefranks at> wrote:
> > 1) Windows "Home" editions (including XP and Vista)
> > have support for SMB protocol disabled in Active
> > Directory Domain Connections functionality!
> > Is this true?
> >
> > ...
> I've been doing this for a long time (just not with Vista), but what
> was said is just as true for XP, so I assume nothing further is
> disabled in vista.
> There's been alot of replies over the weeked, but I don't think any
> cuts to the heart of the matter.
> * They are just telling you you can't have a "domain" or "active
> directory", we actually ran one for a while, and the maintenence cost
> to keep the thing happy was one of the factors that made me learn
> fbsd.
> * When someone said 'peer to peer', I think they were really talking
> about a "workgroup" as opposed to a domain - it's not really peer to
> peer, afaik, but the analogy works.
> 1) Just set your 'home' box to a random 'workgroup' in the network
> setup - you are not going to use it anyway.
> 2) Get your smb box running.
> 3) Map a network drive in windows, and use the IP for the smb box.  I
> have NEVER had a 'workgroup' function correctly.  Boxes all wired on
> the same 100-T switch, and they still can't see eachother?  Amazing.
> Just use the IP adress (i.e. \\\mysmbshare) to map the
> drive and you will never have a problem.  Oh, and as you are on a fbsd
> box, I assume the capitalization of 'mysmbshare' must be correct,
> although samba might 'fix' that for you.  I just followed the
> instructions in the handbook and, and had things working in
> an hour or two.
> Steve
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