ES File Explorer can’t find Ubuntu Server

May 12th, 2014 by steve shields


“ES File Explorer can’t find Ubuntu Server” — And for that matter, nothing can find the Ubuntu server. Not Windows XP, not Windows Vista, not Windows 7, not Windows 8, not a MAC, not even another Linux Desktop.

Every time I reinstall Ununtu, I have trouble making Samba shares visible to Windows machines — and to ES File Explorer on  my android phone.

You would think that when you install the Ubuntu Desktop, and you right-click a folder in Nautilus and try to share it, it would share. Ah — life is never that easy.

To get the shares working, I did a million and one things, but I think this is what fixed it.

First, get all the updates you should have.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Second, install Samba.

sudo apt-get install samba

Third, (and this is what I always seem to forget) make yourself a samba user with a password.

sudo smbpasswd -a username

Restart Samba.

sudo service smbd restart

That’s it.

It works for me now.

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One Response to “ES File Explorer can’t find Ubuntu Server”

  1. Pieter van der Ploeg Says:

    Glory be. I could not connect from my Android tablet with ES File Explorer to my Ubuntu-laptop smb share no matter what I tried. Connecting to the Ubuntu share with anonymous worked fine; connecting to the server requiring a userid and password always resulted in “cannot find server” .
    Adding my Ubuntu userid as a Samba user did the trick. Thanks a lot.