I have a network with Vista, Xp and Suse 11.1,I have a linksys router. I can access the M$ boxes from the Suse box only when the Suse firewall is off. I have tried to configure it to allow the home network but no luck yet.Need help with the proper settings.

it should just be a matter of opening the appropriate port - or did you try that.

I did not open ports. Under the custom rules tab I entered the ip addresses of the other PC’s.

Have a look at this: SuSEfirewall2: HowTo Firewall a Suse / openSUSE Workstation for LAN Network Traffic
In particular, Samba is a special case and it’s covered in detail in the Appendix: Opening the Firewall for Samba

It was a good article but those options are not present in my drop down menu.

openSUSE 11.1 (x86_64)
KDE: 4.1.3 (KDE 4.1.3) “release 4.9”

Then something is broken. Maybe all the Samba packages aren’t installed.

Do you have these RPMs installed: samba-client, yast2-samba-server, yast2-samba-client, SuSEfirewall2-x.y_SVNr, yast2-firewall?
Did you have an uneventful installation of openSUSE?
Check in directory /etc/sysconfig/SuSEfirewall2.d/services for netbios-server and samba-server. E.g this is what I get:

ls -l /etc/sysconfig/SuSEfirewall2.d/services | egrep “netbios|samba”
-rw-r–r-- 1 root root 426 2008-12-11 07:57 netbios-server
-rw-r–r-- 1 root root 373 2008-12-11 07:57 samba-server

Very strange.

Swerdna, many thanks, works perfectly.

Glad for you – another case of the x files :wink:

I have installed opensuse 11.1 with gnome desktop enviroment, and when i launch yast, i see that i have two firewalls enabled: Novell AppArmor and Firewall which is located under users and security category (i think that’s suse firewall) and they are both running.
Do I need both of them?

AppArmor isn’t a firewall, it’s Novell’s advanced security system. I have never configured it beyond just knowing that it was installed by default. Nothing happened to me from taking that option sisnce Novell invented AppArmor. That tells you two things:
(1) I’m so slack!
(2) an ordinary new user can simply ignore AppArmor.

Generally speaking, you can’t 100% ignore the firewall if you have any outside communications. To learn more about the firewall, here’s some background:
SuSEfirewall2: HowTo Firewall a Suse / openSUSE Workstation for LAN Network Traffic

Thank you very much!
If I understood you correctly, i can just keep them both turned on?

Yes you can

You should !!!

Unless you have good reasons to break security…My router-pc (opensuse 11.1)has it’s own firewall, the server and other PC’s don’t. Then again my laptop does (i’m taking it with me, so…).
AND: do not break what has carefully been put together