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Ubuntu machine on network not visible

Hi all,

Recently I could set one Ubuntu machine to work as print server, this was the first useful thing I do with Ubuntu other than using it as my main OS.

On the same machine, I want to make something like shared folder or better say, shared folder, and backup server (drive, computer) for all the office users, and all of them r using MS windows.

Although the print server works perfectly, I cant find it on the network using my own Ubuntu box, and sure I cant find it using the windows, OS X boxes.

Samba is there on both Ubuntu boxes, the shared folders r set, but still.. nothing can scan or see the Ubuntu box.

The Ubuntu boxes r always pingable..

Any clue?


  • mfillpot
    mfillpot Posts: 2,177
    Are you trying to locate the system in the "My Network Places" directory or are you saying that no connections can be made when calling to it by ip address?
  • Vandal
    Vandal Posts: 17
    using IP address I can define the printers, I can ping, I can enter the IP address into the web browser's address bar and open ftp page, but nothing more.

    When I try to find it on network places on windows machine i can't find it although the workgroup is set correctly, shares r set...
  • odlevakp
    odlevakp Posts: 29
    Sounds like a samba issue... could you post the output of these commands:
    # service smbd status
    # testparm 
    # netstat -tunap | grep smb
  • Vandal
    Vandal Posts: 17
    Hi and always thanks,

    I needed to come to the office to log and pass the output of the files, and the outputs r as follows:

    First command: service smbd status
    smbd start/running, process 639

    Second Command: testparm
    Load smb config files from /etc/samba/smb.conf
    rlimit_max: rlimit_max (1024) below minimum Windows limit (16384)
    Processing section "[homes]"
    Processing section "[netlogon]"
    Processing section "[profiles]"
    Processing section "[printers]"
    Processing section "[pdf-documents]"
    Processing section "[pdf-printer]"
    Processing section "[Shares]"
    Loaded services file OK.
    WARNING: You have some share names that are longer than 12 characters.
    These may not be accessible to some older clients.
    (Eg. Windows9x, WindowsMe, and smbclient prior to Samba 3.0.)
    Server role: ROLE_STANDALONE
    Press enter to see a dump of your service definitions

    workgroup = DANEG
    server string = Serv1
    interfaces =,
    bind interfaces only = Yes
    security = SHARE
    encrypt passwords = No
    update encrypted = Yes
    client schannel = No
    server schannel = No
    obey pam restrictions = Yes
    guest account = smbguest
    passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd '%u'
    passwd chat = *New*password* %n\n *ReType*new*password* %n\n *passwd*changed*\n
    passwd chat timeout = 120
    password level = 6
    username level = 6
    unix password sync = Yes
    log file = /var/log/samba/samba.log
    max log size = 1000
    name resolve order = wins lmhosts bcast
    client signing = No
    client use spnego = No
    socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
    printcap name = cups
    machine password timeout = 120
    add user script = /usr/sbin/useradd -d /dev/null -c 'Samba User Account' -s /dev/null '%u'
    delete user script = /usr/sbin/userdel '%u'
    add group script = /usr/sbin/groupadd '%g'
    delete group script = /usr/sbin/groupdel '%g'
    add user to group script = /usr/sbin/useradd -d /dev/null -c 'Samba User Account' -s /dev/null -g '%g' '%u'
    delete user from group script = /usr/sbin/userdel '%u' '%g'
    add machine script = /usr/sbin/useradd -d /dev/null -g sambamachines -c 'Samba Machine Account' -s /dev/null -M '%u'
    logon script = %G.bat
    logon path = \\%L\profiles\%u
    logon drive = m:
    logon home = \\%L\homes\%u
    os level = 33
    local master = No
    domain master = No
    dns proxy = No
    remote announce =
    remote browse sync =
    idmap uid = 16777216-33554431
    idmap gid = 16777216-33554431
    template shell = /dev/null

    winbind cache time = 360
    winbind use default domain = Yes
    winbind trusted domains only = Yes
    winbind nested groups = No
    winbind nss info = no
    read only = No
    guest ok = Yes
    cups options = raw
    printer name = HP-LaserJet-1220
    follow symlinks = No

    comment = Home Directories
    path = /home
    locking = No
    strict locking = No

    comment = Network Logon Service
    path = /home/netlogon
    locking = No
    strict locking = No

    comment = User Profiles
    path = /var/samba/profiles
    create mask = 0600
    directory mask = 0700
    browseable = No
    locking = No
    strict locking = No

    comment = All Printers
    path = /var/spool/samba
    printable = Yes
    browseable = No
    locking = No
    strict locking = No

    comment = Converted PDF Documents
    path = /home/pdf-documents
    locking = No
    strict locking = No

    comment = PDF Printer Service
    path = /tmp
    printable = Yes
    printing = bsd
    print command = /usr/bin/gadmin-samba-pdf %s %u
    lpq command =
    use client driver = Yes

    comment = No comment
    path = /home/Shares
    locking = No
    strict locking = No

    Third Command: netstat -tunap | grep smb
    tcp 0 0* LISTEN 639/smbd
    tcp 0 0* LISTEN 639/smbd
  • odlevakp
    odlevakp Posts: 29
    if your samba server is not accessible from the Internet try to delete or comment out these two lines from your smb.conf
    interfaces =,
    bind interfaces only = Yes

    and restart the samba daemon (just a suggestion, may not help... for some reason your samba daemon is listening only on ... btw, what is the IP of your server, for example the output of this command:
    $ ifconfig
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  • RSims
    RSims Posts: 146
    Are you on a work-group or a domain? Is this one linux box with others that are Windows or is it a pure linux network. Is there more then one linux box, does the linux box see the other linux boxes? Break down the scenario so I can try to help some hopefully.


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