Should I Upgrade Samba 3.6 To Samba 4.1

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I just installed Samba on my CentOS 6.4 computer. Smbstatus says my version is 3.6.9-151.el6-4.1.

My smb.conf file only has a [global] and [homes] section.

My configuration works, as expected, from a Win7 Virtual Box computer and a Win8 Virtual Box computer. I can see the share from the Windows file explorer and can map the share to a network drive. The samba server is not virtual.

The problem is my wife’s Win7 laptop which is running some sort of home edition of Win7. I did everything I could in control panel to enable file sharing but I still can’t see the Samba share. I can ping the computer running Samba? I tried to launch “gpedit.msc” but this program was not there.

Do you think it would work if I upgraded Samba to the latest version
4.1? Should I consider upgrading to Win7 professional?

Thank you, Joe Hesse

4 thoughts on - Should I Upgrade Samba 3.6 To Samba 4.1

  • I believe win7 home only supports simple file sharing, which precludes its ability for mounting real shares. If this is indeed true you will likely need to upgrade to win7 pro or premium.


  • I have a Windows machine that says “Windows7 Home Premium”. There is no problem seeing / accessing Samba shares from there. Samba is 3.x.


  • From: Joseph Hesse

    What workgroup did you set on the laptop…?
    The pro version is for joining domains I think. Maybe you’d have more answers on the samba mailing list…