Enable media devices that use the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol to access shared files on the server

Applies To: Windows Home Server 2011

Devices that use SMB (network file/share access) instead of DLNA (media streaming) require the Guest account to be activated. This allows any device or user on the network to view the contents of shared folders without authentication.


When you activate the Guest account, anyone can access the shared resources on the server by default.

For information about how to activate the Guest account, see “Using the guest account”.