Linux and the hungry Penguin

Firestarter and Samba

Category: Linux
Posted: 2006-10-24 09:25, Edited: 2006-10-24 14:25


I recently got given a new 4 CPU server and naturally I installed Linux on it. I am using Fedora Core 4 and everything went well excetpt for one little thing. This server will be in a little bit of a strange place network wise. It will actually sit between two lans and provide services for both lans, but... it will also act as a firewall between the two lans which means access from one lan to the other will be controlled. Follow me so far?

So I installed 'firestarter' as he firewall configuration tool, everything works well and I am able to setup the firewall pretty much as I want. But there was one problem. I just couldn't get Samba to work on the outsite of the firewall. I had configured a 'hole' in the firewall for samba and it all looked OK.

After searching on the Internet a bit I discovered that it would work if I used the IP address of the machine to connect but not the name. A little bit more digging revealved that for the names to work the "Block broadcasts from external network" option needs to be unticked. This is located in Firestarter under: Edit --> Preferences --> Firewall --> Advanced Options.

Now everything works great!

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