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Linux Mint 21 - Share Folder in Windows Home Network

Windows PC

I run Windows 11. I connect to the Linux workstation (Mint 21) using ssh in a Windows Terminal. At this time, I can't use the name of the remote station, instead, I use its IP address

ssh philippe@192.168.1.44

Linux PC

Once connected to the Linux box

sudo apt install samba
sudo apt install wsdd

Check if wsdd is up and running

sudo service wsdd status
wsdd.service - Web Services Dynamic Discovery host daemon
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/wsdd.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Thu 2022-12-29 10:18:19 CET; 10min ago
       Docs: man:wsdd(8)
   Main PID: 67591 (python3)
      Tasks: 1 (limit: 9150)
     Memory: 16.7M
        CPU: 232ms
     CGroup: /system.slice/wsdd.service
             └─67591 python3 /usr/sbin/wsdd --shortlog --chroot=/run/wsdd

Create a public folder

sudo mkdir -p /home/share
sudo chmod 777 /home/share

Tune the Samba configuration

sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

Edit the file

Edit 0

Comment the 2 lines

#interfaces = 127.0.0.0/8 eth0
#bind interfaces only = yes

Edit 1

Before the "### Debugging/Accounting ###" section for example, add the following lines

# Philippe
# see https://techviewleo.com/configure-samba-file-sharing-on-linux-mint/
   server min protocol = NT1
   ntlm auth = yes
   unix charset = UTF-8

Edit 2

At the end of the file, add the lines below

# Philippe
[Docs]
   path = /home/share
   writable = yes
   guest ok = yes
   guest only = yes
   create mode = 0777
   directory mode = 0777

Restart Samba and open the ports in the firewall

sudo systemctl restart smbd
sudo ufw allow samba

Windows PC

I open a new terminal. Now I can use the name of the Linux box to open a ssh session

ssh philippe@MINT-PHILIPPE

WIN+R. I can use the name of the linux box

Or even the .local version of the UNC path

When you hit ENTER, File Explorer pops up and we can access the shared folder.

TO DO

  • Remove the printer from the shared ressources on the Linux box (via Samba.conf I suppose)
    • This can be done modifying Edit 1 of samba.conf as follow
# Philippe
# see https://techviewleo.com/configure-samba-file-sharing-on-linux-mint/
   server min protocol = NT1
   ntlm auth = yes
   unix charset = UTF-8
   # Disable printer
   load printers = no
   printing = bsd
   printcap name = /dev/null
   disable spoolss = yes
  • The linux box icon doesn't show up if I first open File Explorer and

Can help

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