[CS-FSLUG] Networking two Linspire boxes

Tim Young Tim.Young at LightSys.org
Tue Jul 25 21:48:21 CDT 2006

The issue is not the filesystem, it is the XP OS and the security it 
comes with.

If you have the samba tools installed, you should have nbtstat or 
nmblookup installed.  This is a command line tool that will allow you to 
query the other box to see what shares you have enabled.  If you cannot 
see anything with these tools, you probably have your Windows firewall 
enabled, or you have another personal firewall installed on the XP box 
that is blocking things.

As always, start with the simple ping test.  Ping both clients from each 
Then rest samba.  First through nbtstat and nmblookup.
Then use smbclient from the linux box
    smbclient -L //[XP computer name]
    smbclient //[XP computer name]/[share name]
example with the computer name of adam and share name of public:
    smbclient -L //adam
    smbclient //adam/public

There are other tests to do, but this will get you started.

    - Tim Young

Frank Bax wrote:
> I've never had any trouble with Linux and Windows machines connecting to 
> each other on the same network via a router; until very 
> recently.  Recently, I can't get Linux or Win98 to see WinXP shared 
> folders.  I'm told this is because of NTFS file system which makes no sense 
> to me - I would think that the file system in use should be "hidden" from a 
> remote visitor.  My early WinXP systems did use FAT32 and Win98/Linux 
> systems could see the WinXP shared folders no problem, so maybe there's 
> something to it.  Someday when I have a whole day to waste I'll do a WinXP 
> install twice (FAT32 and NTFS) to see if that's really the problem.  I 
> don't share folders between the Linux systems, but I am able to ssh between 
> them (via router) no problems.
> The only tricky part for me is Linux machines configured for dynamic ip 
> address.  When I remotely access the first Linux system remotely, I need to 
> query the router to see what ip address has been assigned to the Linux 
> machine I'm trying to reach.  If you try to do this locally, simply login 
> to the target system to find out what the ip address is.
> HTH, Frank
> At 11:59 PM 7/24/06, Jim Isbell, W5JAI wrote:
>> Up till now I have had one Linux (Linspire) box and one Windows (XP)
>> box networked on a router and into one cable modem.  It has worked
>> fine except that I have NEVER been able to get the two machines to
>> talk to one another.
>> I am about to the place where it is time to replace the Windows box as
>> it has aged into obsolescence.  I am thinki9ng about another Sub500
>> box that is fully loaded with Linspire.
>> What I dont know is if I will have any easier time getting the two to
>> talk to each other or no.  If NOT than my wife would prefer to stay
>> with Uncle Gates.  But if it would be easier to network the two then
>> she is willing to take the chance.
>> Does anyone have any experience in this area that could advise.
>> --
>> Jim Isbell
>> "If you are not living on the edge, well then,
>> you are just taking up too much space."
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