Debian Bullseye, Samba and WIndows XP

Following an upgrade here from Debian Buster to Bullseye, I discovered that a Windows XP computer on my home network could no longer access a samba share on the upgraded system, even though (or possibly because, although I doubt it) I did not allow the upgrade to change the /etc/samba/smb.conf file. After a bit of messing around, I discovered that the solution is easy, although apparently undocumented as yet, at least officially. I added the line:

server min protocol = NT1

to the [global] portion of the file, and then restarted samba:

systemctl restart smbd.service

From that point on, I found that the XP machine was once more able to reach the samba shares correctly.

I note that the inability to browse Bullseye samba shares from XP machines that previously could browse Buster shares on the same server machine has been reported as Debian bug 948671, with the above workaround now documented in an associated submission by me.

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