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Old 10-07-2001, 11:36 AM   #1
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Question Samba strangeness

I've recently setup a Samba 2.2 PDC that serves a bunch of NT boxes, while I've ironed out most of the problems I've got one strange problem that I can't seem to figure out...

My PDC is the master browser (as it has to be) and a WINS server for my domain. The WINS server answers queries for NetBIOS name lookups, and the data files used by nmbd show the machines both in the WINS files and the master broserfiles, and its shows itself as a master browser, yet no machines can see any other on the domain unless they specificly seach for the machine by name (hence do a WINS lookup). It looks like my master browser won't tell any of the other machines who is in the domain - any ideas? While having an empty Network Neighbourhood isn't that much of a problem, its not quite what I want!

Any suggestions/comments appreciated

Old 10-07-2001, 06:04 PM   #2
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OK I haven't played with Samba 2.2.x yet so bear with me. From what I read about the PDC stuff while it was still in the experimental stage I was under the impression that i required a working domain name server as well. (shrug).

You might also want to see what the name resolution order is in smb.conf. Mine reads
name resolve order = wins lmhosts host bcast
You might want to try 'wins bcast lmhosts host'.
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Do you have the following entries in your smb.conf:

# Browser Control Options:
# set local master to no if you don't want Samba to become a master
# browser on your network. Otherwise the normal election rules apply
local master = yes

# OS Level determines the precedence of this server in master browser
# elections. The default value should be reasonable
os level = 33

# Domain Master specifies Samba to be the Domain Master Browser. This
# allows Samba to collate browse lists between subnets. Don't use this
# if you already have a Windows NT domain controller doing this job
domain master = yes

# Preferred Master causes Samba to force a local browser election on startup
# and gives it a slightly higher chance of winning the election
preferred master = yes


These are from my smb.conf but I don't have a NT host, only W9x and Linux. You might need to make your OS Level higher. I would give you exact numbers that Windows uses but my Samba book is not with me right now.

Old 10-09-2001, 03:38 AM   #4
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Yeah I have all of that, I've actually changed the Domain Master to 'no' since I'm not using the server accross multiple subnets, but it doesn't change the browsing problems with either a 'yes' or 'no' setting. I've looked into mcleodnine's suggest to no avail too Nevermind... I've posted the problem on some of the Samba lists so hopefully I'll get some more suggestions from them.

cheers for the suggestions guys



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