I ran across a mailinglist with a post about the "map to guest" parameter. It describes it rather well.

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samba defaults to "never" which the developers believe is a good idea.
however, i believe the default for NT4 is "Bad Password". would it not
make more sense to make the default the same as NT4 as most of the other
options do?

default as 'Never': 
1) non-domain user cannot see samba
2) domain user, wrong passwd cannot see samba
3) domain user, correct passwd can see samba, access shares

'Bad User':
1) non-domain user sees samba, prompted for passwd on share access
2) domain user, wrong passwd cannot see samba
3) domain user, correct passwd can see samba, access shares

'Bad Password':
1) non-domain user sees samba, prompted for passwd on share access
2) domain user, wrong passwd sees samba, prompted for passwd on share
access
3) domain user, correct passwd sees samba, access shares


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