I am running Samba 3.6 in SLES 11.4. I recently added in /etc/samba/smb.conf in the [global] section the following

  • min protocol = SMB2
  • max protocol = SMB2

this was done to allow communication with Windows 10 clients that are starting to come online, and also continue to work with existing win7 PCs.

Does anyone know or how can i find out, the available protocols I can use?

I thought, and tried, setting the min & max protocol to SMB2.1 but my test client which is Windows7 immediately fails to connect. I thought SMB2.1 was available in win7? And how do I know SMB2.1 is a valid choice in Samba 3.6?

Is SMB3 a valid choice in Samba v3.6?

  • You should do more research before posting a question.
    – George
    Commented Sep 27, 2023 at 20:08
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    you should make such comments sooner than 5 years after a question was asked
    – ron
    Commented Sep 28, 2023 at 0:46

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From the man page for the configuration file for the Samba suite in the "client max protocol" section:

Possible values are :

  • CORE: Earliest version. No concept of user names.
  • COREPLUS: Slight improvements on CORE for efficiency.
  • LANMAN1: First modern version of the protocol. Long filename support.
  • LANMAN2: Updates to Lanman1 protocol.
  • NT1: Current up to date version of the protocol. Used by Windows NT. Known as CIFS.
  • SMB2: Re-implementation of the SMB protocol. Used by Windows Vista and later versions of Windows. SMB2 has sub protocols available.
  • SMB2_02: The earliest SMB2 version.
  • SMB2_10: Windows 7 SMB2 version.
  • SMB2_22: Early Windows 8 SMB2 version.
  • SMB2_24: Windows 8 beta SMB2 version.

By default SMB2 selects the SMB2_10 variant.

  • SMB3: The same as SMB2. Used by Windows 8. SMB3 has sub protocols available.
  • SMB3_00: Windows 8 SMB3 version. (mostly the same as SMB2_24)
  • SMB3_02: Windows 8.1 SMB3 version.
  • SMB3_10: early Windows 10 technical preview SMB3 version.
  • SMB3_11: Windows 10 technical preview SMB3 version (maybe final).

By default SMB3 selects the SMB3_11 variant.

Normally this option should not be set as the automatic negotiation phase in the SMB protocol takes care of choosing the appropriate protocol.

The value default refers to SMB3_11.

Adding clarification from A.B in the comments:

wiki.samba.org/index.php/Samba3/SMB2 states "Samba 3.6 added basic support for SMB2.0", "Basic support for SMB 2.1 was added in Samba 4.0.0", "Basic support for SMB3 is included in Samba 4.0.0 and later."

  • thanks. so trying to use SMB2_10 is does not work. I am having to use just SMB2 otherwise I cannot connect from win7; and this is with Samba 3.6 in SLES 11.4.
    – ron
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 17:37
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    what concerns me about Samba is that their help page makes no mention of what samba version that all applies to. I suspect much of it may only be valid in samba version 4 but not version 3.x ?
    – ron
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 17:40
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    I would expect (without having looked) that the man page provided with the corresponding version would list all & only the protocols that it supports.
    – Jeff Schaller
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 17:42

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