Linux Mint 19.1 Samba Fix

Linux Mint 19.1 landed over the Christmas holidays, with versions covering Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce – both in 32 and 64‐bit varieties. And it’s fantastic, too.

We’ve been using the latest Cinnamon edition since its release, and we’re pretty impressed with its use of Cinnamon 4.0, updated Nemo, Update Manager and the many other improvements and tweaks to the overall system; especially when running on a NVIDIA GPU‐based setup.

One issue, however, seems to be causing users a bit of trouble: Accessing a Windows network. This is due to Samba changing its protocol to work better with Windows 10. This side‐effect makes working with Windows 10 shares a far less buggy experience, but it does create some issues when navigating with Windows SMB/CIFS. Thankfully, the fix is simple enough.

Linux Mint 19.1 Samba Fix

Step 1 – Drop into a Terminal, and enter the following:

sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

Press Enter and type in your password.

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Step 2 – Just under the [global] section, add the following line:

client max protocol = NT


Step 3 – Now press CRTL+X and enter Y, followed by hitting the Enter key.

This has saved the smb.conf file, and the changes necessary to fix the Samba issue.

Step 4 – Back in the Terminal window, enter: sudo reboot, and Linux Mint will restart.

All going well, you should be able to view and work with Windows SMB shares without any problems

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David Hayward

David has spent most of his life tinkering with technology, from the ZX Spectrum, getting his hands on a Fujitsu VPP5000/100 supercomputer, and coding on an overheating Raspberry Pi. He's written for the likes of Micro Mart, Den of Geek, and countless retro sites and publications, covering reviews, creating code and bench testing the latest tech. He also has a huge collection of cables.

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