"Sharing Services are not installed."
That is about as helpful as the proverbial screen door on a submarine.
I do have the following packages installed:
I strongly suspect the problem is the lack windbind and a WINS server as well has not having all the tweaks to the Samba configuration exactly right.
Getting SAMBA to actually work in Linux is a bloody nightmare. To begin with there is the “system-config-samba” bug of the missing file “/etc/libuser.conf” that was reported years ago and never addressed. The alternatives that I can find are Swat, GAdmin SAMBA or editing the configuration files manually with ‘root’ authority. All of the above involve way more detail than the casual user is interested in or likely to be totally familiar with. As an example of how COMPLEX this task is, just reference the number of tutorials and help files that exist on the subject. Add to that most are out of date or miss seemingly minor details that are CRITICAL.
This is where Microsoft is years, if not decades, ahead of of Linux. They make the minimal installation of a desktop OS fast, simple and reliable for the casual users. The same can not be said for any flavor of Linux I have ever tasted. This is a problem that NEEDS to be addressed.