Samba Client Problem related NEITHER to server NOR client

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Issue:

Cannot access Windows share from linux acting as samba client.
Linux as Samba server succeed, but cannot browse the windows share of a WindowsXP PC by nautilus.

Solution:

Use LAN IP to connect rather than using hostname. OR
Open ports 139, 445 from the LAN hub to destination IP of WindowsXP (but risky, exposure to internet??)

Tricks:

Use the following to ensure WindowsXP share has been set up properly ready for linux as samba client:

smbclient -L [WinXP hostname]

error messages:

timeout connecting to [WAN IP]:445
timeout connecting to [WAN IP]:139

then use the following to by pass the LAN hub:

smbclient -L [WindIP LAN IP]
got proper response and show correct shares from WinXP

interesting pt. is that i don’t need to go WAN from another Windows PC to access that Windows XP.

Don’t forget to add a line to /etc/hosts:

    [LAN IP] [Windows server hostname]