Windows 10: SAMBA and Windows 10

  1.    15 Jun 2016 #1

    SAMBA and Windows 10


    Hi there

    I know a load of people have Linux as a VM on a Windows 10 Host (and the other way around too).

    Samba will often yield strange results with W10 if you don't set up the smb.conf file correctly to work with W10. This should also fix "timeout on server" type of problems too.

    anyway these suggestions seem to work in pretty well all cases I've seen where there are problems (usually from the Windows end !!!!).

    I've assumed your VM has networking enabled and is reachable on an accessible network !!!!!

    1) Enable Network discovery on Windows

    2) Ensure any Windows files you want to share on Linux are given shared properties in Windows

    3) set any firewalls to allow SAMBA type connections (both Windows and Linux)

    4) ensure the SMB.CONF file has these lines in the [global] section

    max protocol = SMB3

    name resolve order = bcast lmhosts host wins

    Even if (as most don't) you don't use wins leave the line as indicated.

    W10 networking doesn't use netbios so you often get the situation where you can't connect via hostname but only via ip address - which is fiddly and also maintaining host files every time you re-boot etc is a pain.

    Note - especially if you boot a windows VM on a Linux host - windows takes around 5 mins sometimes for it to be known on the network - maybe somebody could see if there was some windows setting that speeds this up. The Linux machine is usually available to windows shortly after Windows has booted up.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2.    11 Jul 2016 #2

    Samba is now improving a lot and 4.4 is a very big step forward. But things like SMB Multichannel and SMB Direct are not working as should yet.
    I think that its best implementation is MSFT and wise OEMs. Re-package of such or one froma Visual Systems.
    You could also take a look at StarWind, it does Microsoft SMB3 server stack and Infinidat does Visual NQ.
    Last edited by StorageBlaster; 12 Jul 2016 at 03:40.
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