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Old 02-25-2004, 06:25 AM   #1
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Master Browser

Hi, i've a Redhat 8 as my PDC, connected to LAN with Microsoft PC, the problem is how to keep my Rh8 as master browser, i've set 200 but other pc still keep become master browser, this create problem as win xp can't print thru the LAN, i also enable WINS services but it still "steal" the master browser. Please help.
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What do you mean by "Master Browser"?
Old 02-25-2004, 06:41 PM   #3
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when you type command " smbclient -L localhost " , it will show you who is the master, if the master is taken over by other pc, win xp can't see other pc in "my network places" ...
Old 02-26-2004, 01:08 AM   #4
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what kind of windows is that "other pc" actually? As far as i know all types of windows servers have a sneak to take the role of master browser.
I never try to configure a PDC using linux myself, but i know i should try it in the future. cheers
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hi.. "other pc" mean... all pc in the network most likely win2k will win the election but sometime win ME will become master ... the "wierd" thing about it, my pc is winxp but can't become master browser... currently to solve this matter i have to restart the samba services to make the rh8 become master browser... help... can't print, can't browse in LAN
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Samba as PDC interacts differently with Win95/98/ME than it does with WinNT/2000/XP clients. Both sets react differently within domains so you have to cover both instances. In your smb.conf file in the global section add the following:
domain master = yes
local master = yes
preferred master = yes
os level = 65
In order to do this you must not have another PDC. You must also check to make sure that you do not have any non-Linux machines as BDC's.


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