After uninstalling Samba, can no longer access Windows network

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10 hours ago

Ubuntu 20.04; local network with one Windows 7 and one Windows 8 machine, on a workgroup

I recently did a fresh install of Ubuntu 20.04. At first I was able to see the Windows network and access the shared Windows machines/folders via Nemo or Nautilus without any problems.

Then, by mistake, I installed Samba Server per the steps here:

https://ubuntu.com/tutorials/install-and-configure-samba#1-overview

I was still able to access the network after this.

I then uninstalled Samba using this command:

sudo apt-get autoremove samba samba-common

After this, I can no longer access the network, let alone any specific machines. When clicking on Windows Network in Nautilus or Nemo I get:

Unable to mount location - Failed to retrieve share list from server

What do I do to get network access back?

Added by: Vito Gaylord

Answer: 2

13 hours ago

Please make sure that you still have samba-client package installed:

sudo apt install samba-client
Added by: Stanley Mraz

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