# Samba problem, can't connect as a different user

Chris G cl at isbd.net
Sun Mar 23 19:21:11 UTC 2008

On Sun, Mar 23, 2008 at 11:01:02AM -0700, Craig White wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-03-23 at 17:22 +0000, Chris G wrote:
> > I am trying to connect to several shares on my Fedora 8 system as
> > different users from a Windows XP system.
> >
> > I can't get the "Connect using a different user name" from XP to work
> > at all.  I can only ever connect as the user I'm logged on to the XP
> > system as.  I want to connect as a different user to one particular
> > share so I don't have to open up the write permissions.
> >
> > Has anyone else used this and got it to work?
> >
> > When I try "Connect using a different user name" I enter a valid samba
> > user and password but it always fails and asks for the user name and
> > password again.  Even if I enter the user name that I already am in
> > the boxes it fails.  Does the user name need some sort of domain
> > prefix or something?
> ----
> samba by default uses
>
> security = user
>
> which by current Windows standards means that a workstation can connect
> to this particular server with only 1 identity. Thus if you are already
> connected to a share as DOMAIN|WORKGROUP\foo, you cannot connect to a
> different share as DOMAIN|WORKGROUP\bar
>
> the 'security = share' concept emulates the Windows 95/98 sharing
> concept where each share connection can be a different user but that is
> essentially obsolete and should be avoided if possible.
>
Yes, I suspect that's my problem, what a pain!

I seem to remember there's a way to tell samba that I want user X to
connect to a particular share as user Y, I guess (if there is such a
thing and my memory isn't playing tricks) that's what I'd better do.

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Chris Green