I am attempting to set up an old Pentium III machine as a file server for my Windows home network. I do not want to pay Microsoft for a Windows Server license for a 9 year old machine, so I decided to try a Debian server.

I set up Samba, and edited the smb.conf file to include the correct workgroup info. There is no domain controller.

The workgroup computers (2 Vista, 1 XP) can see the Samba server, but when I attempt to look at the shares hosted on the server, it prompts me for a username/password. I’ve tried every username on the server and none will go through.

What should I do to get this resolved?

Links to any relevant tutorials would be much appreciated; I can’t find any that walk me through how to set up the server without being connected to a domain controller.

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