I'm setting up a new Fedora Server to act as a file host for my home network. I have install and configured Samba and it is running.

The problem I'm running into is i can see the server on network browse from both a Windows and Linux system, and i can see the folder that is being shared, however when i try to open the folder Windows gives error 0x80070043, and the linux system says "Unable to access location, Failed to mount Windows Share: invalid argument"

This is my smb.conf


    server role = standalone server
    workgroup = WORKGROUP
    map to guest = Bad User
    usershare allow guests = yes
    hosts allow =
    hosts deny =

[Network Data]

    comment = Network Data
    path = /NetworkData2/NetworkData
    read only = no
    guest ok = yes
    force user = jharrell
    force group = jharrell

The other thing is with this server i have a 250GB boot dirve that Fedora Server sits on and a 2TB HDD for the data storage. The 2TB is mounted at /NetworkData2 and i can confirm that the folder NetworkData is the only folder on the 2TB drive.

Any idea what could be going on ?

  • Please don't post screenshots of text, instead post the file as text into the question. Screenshots of text have accessibility issues, and also make it harder for people to quote them etc. Nov 29, 2020 at 12:42
  • Is SELinux turned on? Does the user jharrell have access to the folder? Nov 29, 2020 at 20:25
  • Yes, jharrell does have access to the folder
    – Harrell0
    Nov 29, 2020 at 21:54
  • And is SELinux on? Nov 29, 2020 at 22:48
  • Yes, the server is Enforcing SELinux
    – Harrell0
    Nov 30, 2020 at 1:27

1 Answer 1


So here is how this got fixed

After using the troubleshooting guild, i was reading up on SELinux when google searching that they were using another hard drive. If you do not share a folder that is on the same Hard Drive that the OS is installed on you have to do things differently, in my case i have a 2TB HDD that is the data storage for this server and what i wanted to share via Samba

Over on serverfault i found this post that helped me in the right direction


I learned that i had to change the permission at the mount point, in my case /NetworkData2 and add that to SELinux.

After i completed that i could access the folder in Windows Files Explorer and my Linux machine files, however another problem popped up where i did not have permission to write to the folder. It turns out that root had control over the folder and would not let any writing go on in the folder. so i changed the permissions on the /NetworkData2 folder and not i can read and write to and from it and the shares are working.

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