I have a few Guest access SMB shares setup in Antergos. Other Linux boxes and a Windows 10 machine can access them without being prompted for a password but my Windows 7 box, not so much. I keep getting prompted for a password when it tries to hit the SMB share.

I looked at the guide ( https://antergos.com/wiki/desktops/gnome/sharing-files-and-folders-with-samba-definitive-guide/ ) and didn’t see anything about dealing with password prompts.

I looked at the Arch wiki on SMB and what they recommended to fix the password prompts, I already have in there.

Here’s my smb.conf file, what am I missing?

This is the main Samba configuration file. You should read the

smb.conf(5) manual page in order to understand the options listed

here. Samba has a huge number of configurable options (perhaps too

many!) most of which are not shown in this example

For a step to step guide on installing, configuring and using samba,

read the Samba-HOWTO-Collection. This may be obtained from:


Many working examples of smb.conf files can be found in the

Samba-Guide which is generated daily and can be downloaded from:


Any line which starts with a ; (semi-colon) or a # (hash)

is a comment and is ignored. In this example we will use a

for commentry and a ; for parts of the config file that you

may wish to enable

NOTE: Whenever you modify this file you should run the command “testparm”

to check that you have not made any basic syntactic errors.

#======================= Global Settings =====================================


strict allocate = Yes
read raw = Yes
server signing = No
write raw = Yes
strict locking = No

min receivefile size = 16384

use sendfile = Yes
domain master = yes
preferred master = yes
local master = yes
os level = 255
force user = gene
force group = sambashare
security = user
map to = Bad User

usershare path = /var/lib/samba/usershares
usershare max shares = 100
usershare allow guests = yes
usershare owner only = yes

workgroup = NT-Domain-Name or Workgroup-Name, eg: MIDEARTH

workgroup = WORKGROUP

server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field

server string = Samba Server

Server role. Defines in which mode Samba will operate. Possible

values are “standalone server”, “member server”, "classic primary

domain controller", “classic backup domain controller”, "active

directory domain controller".

Most people will want “standalone server” or “member server”.

Running as “active directory domain controller” will require first

running “samba-tool domain provision” to wipe databases and create a

new domain.

server role = standalone server

This option is important for security. It allows you to restrict

connections to machines which are on your local network. The

following example restricts access to two C class networks and

the “loopback” interface. For more examples of the syntax see

the smb.conf man page

; hosts allow = 192.168.1. 192.168.2. 127.

Uncomment this if you want a guest account, you must add this to /etc/passwd

otherwise the user “nobody” is used

; guest account = pcguest

this tells Samba to use a separate log file for each machine

that connects

log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log

Put a capping on the size of the log files (in Kb).

max log size = 50

Specifies the Kerberos or Active Directory realm the host is part of

; realm = MY_REALM

Backend to store user information in. New installations should

use either tdbsam or ldapsam. smbpasswd is available for backwards

compatibility. tdbsam requires no further configuration.

; passdb backend = tdbsam

Using the following line enables you to customise your configuration

on a per machine basis. The %m gets replaced with the netbios name

of the machine that is connecting.

Note: Consider carefully the location in the configuration file of

this line. The included file is read at that point.

; include = /usr/local/samba/lib/smb.conf.%m

Configure Samba to use multiple interfaces

If you have multiple network interfaces then you must list them

here. See the man page for details.

; interfaces =

Where to store roving profiles (only for Win95 and WinNT)

%L substitutes for this servers netbios name, %U is username

You must uncomment the [Profiles] share below

; logon path = \%L\Profiles%U

Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:

WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable it’s WINS Server

; wins support = yes

WINS Server - Tells the NMBD components of Samba to be a WINS Client

Note: Samba can be either a WINS Server, or a WINS Client, but NOT both

; wins server = w.x.y.z

WINS Proxy - Tells Samba to answer name resolution queries on

behalf of a non WINS capable client, for this to work there must be

at least one WINS Server on the network. The default is NO.

; wins proxy = yes

DNS Proxy - tells Samba whether or not to try to resolve NetBIOS names

via DNS nslookups. The default is NO.

dns proxy = no

These scripts are used on a domain controller or stand-alone

machine to add or delete corresponding unix accounts

; add user script = /usr/sbin/useradd %u
; add group script = /usr/sbin/groupadd %g
; add machine script = /usr/sbin/adduser -n -g machines -c Machine -d /dev/null -s /bin/false %u
; delete user script = /usr/sbin/userdel %u
; delete user from group script = /usr/sbin/deluser %u %g
; delete group script = /usr/sbin/groupdel %g

#============================ Share Definitions ==============================
comment = Home Directories
browseable = no
writable = yes

Un-comment the following and create the netlogon directory for Domain Logons

; [netlogon]
; comment = Network Logon Service
; path = /usr/local/samba/lib/netlogon
; guest ok = yes
; writable = no
; share modes = no

Un-comment the following to provide a specific roving profile share

the default is to use the user’s home directory

; path = /usr/local/samba/profiles
; browseable = no
; guest ok = yes

NOTE: If you have a BSD-style print system there is no need to

specifically define each individual printer

comment = All Printers
path = /usr/spool/samba
browseable = no

Set public = yes to allow user ‘guest account’ to print

guest ok = no
writable = no
printable = yes

This one is useful for people to share files

; comment = Temporary file space
; path = /tmp
; read only = no
; public = yes

A publicly accessible directory, but read only, except for people in

the “staff” group

; comment = Public Stuff
; path = /home/samba
; public = yes
; writable = no
; printable = no
; write list = @staff

Other examples.

A private printer, usable only by fred. Spool data will be placed in fred’s

home directory. Note that fred must have write access to the spool directory,

wherever it is.

; comment = Fred’s Printer
; valid users = fred
; path = /homes/fred
; printer = freds_printer
; public = no
; writable = no
; printable = yes

A private directory, usable only by fred. Note that fred requires write

access to the directory.

; comment = Fred’s Service
; path = /usr/somewhere/private
; valid users = fred
; public = no
; writable = yes
; printable = no

a service which has a different directory for each machine that connects

this allows you to tailor configurations to incoming machines. You could

also use the %U option to tailor it by user name.

The %m gets replaced with the machine name that is connecting.

; comment = PC Directories
; path = /usr/pc/%m
; public = no
; writable = yes

A publicly accessible directory, read/write to all users. Note that all files

created in the directory by users will be owned by the default user, so

any user with access can delete any other user’s files. Obviously this

directory must be writable by the default user. Another user could of course

be specified, in which case all files would be owned by that user instead.

; path = /usr/somewhere/else/public
; public = yes
; only guest = yes
; writable = yes
; printable = no

The following two entries demonstrate how to share a directory so that two

users can place files there that will be owned by the specific users. In this

setup, the directory should be writable by both users and should have the

sticky bit set on it to prevent abuse. Obviously this could be extended to

as many users as required.

; comment = Mary’s and Fred’s stuff
; path = /usr/somewhere/shared
; valid users = mary fred
; public = no
; writable = yes
; printable = no
; create mask = 0765