This brief tutorial will show you how to enable file sharing between Windows XP and Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. When file sharing is enabled between the two systems, you will be able to access files from either computer remotely via smb protocol.
To get started, logon to Windows XP and click ‘Start –> then right-click ‘My Computer’ and select ‘Properties’.
Then select ‘Computer Name’ tab and click ‘Change’.
From this dialog window, change your computer name and enter the Workgroup name. The workgroup name must match the one for your Linux systems. Click OK when done.
Next, click Start –> Control Panel.
Select ‘Security Center’ or ‘Windows Firewall’
Next, select ‘Windows Firewall’
Then select ‘Exceptions’ tab and enable ‘File and Printer Sharing’ Click OK to Save.
After that, logon to Ubuntu Maverick and select Applications –> Ubuntu Software Center.
Then search for and install Samba
After installing, go to System –> Administration –> Samba.
Then select ‘Preferences –> Server Settings’
Then type ‘Workgroup’ name to match the one you configured for Windows XP and click Apply.
Restart both computers and you should be able to see and access files from either computer.
If you’re having problems accessing Ubuntu shares from Windows XP, logon to Ubuntu and go to Applications –> Accessories –> Terminal and run the below command: to add your user account to samba database.
sudo smbpasswd USERNAME -a
If you have problems access Windows XP shares from Ubuntu (asking for passwords), then logon to Windows XP and go to Start –> My Documents’ then select ‘Tools’ from the menu and click ‘Folder Options’
Select ‘View’ tab and uncheck the box next ‘Use simple file sharing (Recommended).
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