Is there any way to allow public (ie no user/password prompt) access to samba shares using the mountain lion built in server?

Even with Everyone set to read/write in System Preferences and the guest account enabled for sharing a password is always required when trying to connect from a windows computer (I've tried both 7 and xp).

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  • Go to 'Users & Groups' in System Preferences
  • Select the 'Guest User'
  • Tick 'Allow guests to connect to shared folders'

Done :)

  • no effect for me though. Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 16:47
  • Same for me. And the OP wrote that he tried this option, and that it didn't work.
    – anjunatl
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 1:45
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    Hm, I've managed to reproduce this also. Try user: guest with no password. This works for me. You could script the drive mapping with the user 'guest' with no pass, or use the GUI to 'reconnect at login' with those credentials.
    – macaco
    Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 15:07

I've got issue to access from OSX to samba server in guest mode. (probably due to French "invite" instead of guest).

I fix my samba conf to map any bad user to guest. I hope that can help you.

 map to guest = bad user

 ✘ MbPro ~ smbutil view -g //wizz
smbutil: server rejected the authentication: Authentication error
 ✘ MbPro ~ smbutil view -g //wizz
Share                                           Type    Comments
public                                          Disk    LinusPublic
IPC$                                            Pipe    IPC Service (Samba)

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