Samba anonymous shares

I’m currently writing up changes to the perfect, cheap NAS [1]. A major change is that I dropped support for user-level windows/samba shares and am using only a few public browsable shares. It turns out that Windows clients always ask the user for a password even though the samba share is anonymous. The reason seems to be that Windows submits the logged in user’s credentials which causes Samba to validate them, fail the validation and prompt for credentials.

So my current setup for anonymous, read-only shares looks like this:

  server string = fileserver
  workgroup = WORKGROUP
  netbios name = %h
  guest account = readonly
  syslog only = yes
  syslog = 2
  load printers = no
  writeable = no
  printable = no

  comment = Movies
  path = /mnt/snapraid/pool/Movies
  available = yes
  browsable = yes
  writable = no
  public = yes
  guest ok = yes


[¹] Building the perrect, cheap DIY NAS

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