Browsing Windows from Ubuntu Using Samba by David Whelan I have been running varieties of Linux for a number of years within a larger Windows network. Browsing from my Ubuntu machines has always been a bit problematic. If it works, it’s slow. Sometimes it hasn’t even worked and that was what I was up against with this latest machine. Samba was installed and I could configure the Windows workgroup. I could even browse out to my network and see the workgroup, but it would fail to retrieve a list of servers.
Two solutions this time. The first was nothing special. I couldn’t browse to the network resources but I could select my Places menu and select Connect to a server . . . . If I chose a Windows share and typed in the IP address for my resource, I could attach and view it. It was a bit poky but it worked.
But the difficulty with using this method is that it doesn’t appear to mount properly within the file system. One result is that I cannot use the network storage where I have dumped much of my vinyl and CD collection for network replay. Using Amarok, Rhythmbox, and other players, I continually failed to be able to browse to the necessary resources.
So imagine my delight in trying yet another solution posted to a discussion forum in response to the “Failed to retrieve a list of servers” for Samba problems in Ubuntu. The answer was to add the following two lines to the [GLOBAL] section of the /etc/samba/smb.conf file (where you have edited the Windows WORKGROUP name to fit your network):
client lanman auth = Yes
lanman auth = Yes
As soon as I added those lines and restarted the Samba daemon (restart smbd), I could browse my Windows network. Even better, on a whim, I opened up Rhythmbox and tried to set my network music folder as my default music folder. It saw the resource and accepted it as a mounted system. It’s already building the local index of songs!