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I have a desktop with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS running, with Samba installed. My laptop, which has Windows 7 Home Premium on it, can connect to the linux machine via IP, the Ubuntu machine flawlessly navigates to the Windows machine, and both machines see each other's netbios names when nbtscan is run on each machine. So it seems that it should be working.

Regardless, on the Windows 7 laptop, browsing via the network browser will not show the network name of the linux machine.

I'm thinking it's something on the Windows machine, since the netbios names seem to be propogating. Any ideas?

asked Oct 19 '12 at 11:59

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closed Oct 22 '12 at 13:43

The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is answered, right answer was accepted" by Duodave Oct 22 '12 at 13:43

Did you set both workgroup names the same? Windows doesn't normally list computers in different workgroups

answered Oct 19 '12 at 16:11

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Yes. They both say "WORKGROUP".

(Oct 19 '12 at 17:39) Duodave Duodave's gravatar image

Can you navigate to the computer by its name directly? (//whatever)

i also saw something about server name and domain on the linux box should be CAPS or you may get connection issues

(Oct 19 '12 at 23:13) Billtopia Billtopia's gravatar image

Huh. That's peculiar. I scanned with NBTSCAN to retrieve exactly what netbios saw the Linux machine as, copied that to the clipboard, and pasted it into the network browser as \SERVERNAME\

It then asked me for login credentials, which I added as a user that exists on the linux machine.

Amazingly, it browsed and found it. On the left side of the browser screen, it lists the laptop and the linux machine as EXPECTED, but if I click "Network" and do an F5 refresh, the Linux machine isn't listed on the right panel.

So it works, but it doesn't. I was able to create a shortcut on the desktop to this location that no longer requires the IP address.

Best I can tell is Microsoft is somehow intentionally limiting the network functions on the Home version of Windows 7, but they are doing a poor job of it.

(Oct 22 '12 at 13:41) Duodave Duodave's gravatar image

Or have you tried using terminal services and remote into your windows machine and try taking what you need as for documents that are being shared from the windows machine over to the linux box. I have done that over here with a linux box over to a windows 2003 server.

answered Oct 19 '12 at 23:42

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Terminal services doesn't come with Windows 7 Home Premium, it's only included with Windows server products.

(Oct 22 '12 at 13:33) Duodave Duodave's gravatar image

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