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$(subj), it appears to be what root user is denied by default for all of the shares. I'm trying to reproduce Windows administrative share.

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Do you have a password set in Samba (not in the system passwd file) for root ? You should be able to set such a password by running smbpasswd -a root.

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Slap forehead, vote up and accept! I completely forgot what there is no common AAA in the Linux! –  user539484 Mar 13 '12 at 13:30

You should be putting up your smb.conf so that we can actually assess the problem. Anyway here's a hint:

   invalid users = root

is part of the default smb.conf.

Well then. Is root a valid smbuser, yet? Then try explicitly allowing root :

valid users = root 

And try something like this:

    comment = Admin Config Share  - Whatever
    path = /
    valid users = someusers, somegroup
    force user = root
    force group = root
    admin users = someusers, somegroup   
    writeable = Yes
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Does it have to be explicitly specified option or implicitly assumed? My smb.conf isnt "from-scratch" and does not contain any valid users or invalid users parameters at all. –  user539484 Mar 10 '12 at 16:24
Hmm, also, according to doc there is no invalid users by default. –  user539484 Mar 10 '12 at 16:46
See edited post. –  juwi Mar 10 '12 at 16:58

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