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Access Vista from Ubuntu

Ever tried accessing a shared folder in Vista from Ubuntu? Here are the simple step I followed.

For this example say your Vista user account is vista-pc and password is vista-pw. Also say the IP is

----Do the following in your Vista machine----
1. Start/Run secpol.msc
2. Open Local Policies/Security Options, find "Network Security: LAN Manager"
3. Change it to "Send LM & NTLM"
4. share the folder that you want (say movies)

---Do the following in your Ubuntu machine---
1. sudo apt-get install smbfs
2. sudo apt-get install smbclient
3. sudo mkdir /mnt/hd
4. sudo mount -t smbfs -o username=vista-pc,password=vista-pw // /mnt/hd

That's it :) You can now access the shared Vista folder from /mnt/hd


  1. i doesn't work for me..........

  2. Um, It's bit weird. If you have installed the smb stuff in Ubuntu and it should work. If you have any firewalls in Windows please turn them off as well.