Workgroup Name. (SOLVED)

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Workgroup Name. (SOLVED)

Postby BreezyCricket on Sun Nov 22, 2009 1:14 pm

I have a Windows Home Network of 3 Desktop and 1 Laptop PC.

The Network Name is 'Mystics', because I am always mystified when something actually works under Windows.

As a result I am determined to change to Linux and installed Mint on a second Laptop, on a trial basis.

If my understanding of how Networks work is correct, all machines must be part of the same Network, ie 'Mystics', but, although I do not recall entering any Network name during the Mint installation, my 'Mint' laptop has been assigned the Network name 'Workgroup', which is the Windows default.

Can anyone tell me how to change this to 'Mystics'.

Many Thanks.
Last edited by BreezyCricket on Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:56 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Workgroup Name.

Postby DrHu on Sun Nov 22, 2009 1:22 pm

right-click My Computer on desktop>Properties>Change name>Mystics

Or In a terminal
  • sudo gedit /etc/samba/smb.conf
  • Find workgroup, change name to mystics..
    --reboot or restart samba
  • sudo /etc/init.d/samba restart

You can also install system-config-samba for more GUI control over samba settings..
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Re: Workgroup Name.

Postby altair4 on Sun Nov 22, 2009 1:32 pm

Having the same workgroup name on all machines in a lan is a Samba myth. I have 3 workgroup names on my home network and everyone can see and share directories just fine. It does make it easier to work with however when you have everybody displayed in one place.

Anyway to answer your question ( finally :wink: ):

Press Alt+F2
Type gksu gedit /etc/samba/smb.conf

Find the following line ( it's somewhere in the very beginning of the file ):
# Change this to the workgroup/NT-domain name your Samba server will part of
workgroup = workgroup

Change it to

Save the file, open a Terminal and type sudo service samba restart.
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Re: Workgroup Name.

Postby BreezyCricket on Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:26 pm

Many thanks for the replies.

It seems like my decision to change to Linux was the right one, because, after all, unlike Windows, I had a problem and it did not cost me a single tooth to get it fixed. :D

Cheers, and everything of the best to you and yours.
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