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Old 11-13-2004, 02:08 PM   #1
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Can't see samba server on network

I have a network with the following pc's on it

P1 Box running smoothwall, This is currently configured as normal firewall DCHP server. It is also currently using a modem to access the internet and this connection is shared with the other pc's on the network.
P2 Box running SUSE 9.0 - used for messing around in linux
P2 350 Compaq with Suse 9.0 configured as a Samba & NFS server
Toshiba Laptop - Windows XP
AMD XP2000 box - Dual Boot

Before I attttached the smoothwall box, the network was set up with static addresses and worked fine.
But with DCHP configured, my windows machines cannot find the samba server.

I cannot figure out where the process is falling over, is it at the windows end or the linux end.

Do I need to configure the server as a static IP or is there a way to maintain the dynamic addressing.

Am I right in thinking that it can be done using the domain name rather than with IP's, if so if anyone can offer any helpful hints or point me in the direction of any tutorials, it would be greatfully appreciated.
Old 11-13-2004, 02:17 PM   #2
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There shouldn't be a problem using dhcp but I would usually reccomend using a static address for a server so that you know what it is when you want to configure it remotely.

Which machine is acting as your master browser?
Old 11-19-2004, 05:22 PM   #3
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Mater browser is the samba box, OS level = 65

I have attached a copy of my smb.conf file. is the DHCP box, this is set to allocate a fixed IP address to the samba box

domain logons = no
public = yes
unix extensions = Yes
map to guest = Bad User
time server = Yes
domain master = yes
netbios name = THOR
wins server =
security = user
log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
writeable = yes
allow hosts =
local master = yes
veto files = /*.eml/*.nws/riched20.dll/*.{*}/
os level = 65
workgroup = ASGARD
path = /windows
add user script = /usr/sbin/useradd -c Machine -d /dev/null -s /bin/false %m$
server string =
encrypt passwords = yes
preferred master = yes
;; ldap server =

comment = Home Directories
path = /windows
valid users = %S
browseable = yes
read only = No


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