Samba as 'local browse master' (and WINS)

Samba as 'local browse master' (and WINS)

Post by Jonas Mixte » Tue, 25 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Hi, I'm trying to set up a WINS-server with samba but I just can't get
it working.

On the network we have a Linux gateway routing between two subnets
( and
My machine stand on one of them (IP and runs RedHat 4.0
together with Samba 1.9.17p4.
I'm going to configure it as a domain master browser and a WINS-server
so the hosts could see the hosts on the other side of the gateway.

For a start, I guess there is something wrong with the 'local master
browser' stuff.
When I set my machine as a local master browser none of the other
clients (NT 4.0 w. SP3 and "plainpasswd-fix" together with Win95) finds

I set the debugging level on nmbd to 3 and according to log.nmbd my box
nicelly added the computers to the browse.dat file, and when i looked in
the browse list (the file) I saw all the netbios-names and some numbers.
Why doesn't the hosts show up in the 'Network neighborhood' on the other
hosts, or, how do I fix it?

When I run 'smbclient -L hostname' there is always one host on the
network that shows me a browse list and a workgroup list. But if I set
mine as a local browse master, those lists doesn't appear on my computer
when I run 'smbclient -L mycomputername'. Are those the browselists that
the local browse master holds and why doesn't my computer hold those
lists when it's going to act as a local browse master?

Right now my smb.conf is set to get nmbd to work as a local browse
master. Is there something wrong with my smb.conf file or should there
be some specific settings on the hosts?

If my box works as a local master browser then it would probably work as
a domain master browser and a WINS-server too, wouldn't it ?

My smb.conf file:
#============================ Global Settings
   socket options = TCP_NODELAY

   workgroup =

   log file = /usr/local/samba/var/log.%m
   max log size = 50
   security = user

   wins support = no
   wins proxy = no

   dns proxy = no

   preferred master = yes
   local master = yes
   domain master = no
   os level = 42

#============================ Share Definitions
   comment = hda1; Ingredients: RedHat Linux 4.0
   path = /
   public = no
   writable = no

   comment = hda3; Ingredients: an old OS from M$
   path = /mnt/dos
   public = no
   writable = no

[MPEG Layer 3]
   comment = ein Bisschen von hda1; Einhalt: Ein Mischen von
   path = /usr/mp3
   public = no
   writable = no

I've read the BROWSING.txt a few times and to me it looks like
everything is set just like it should be.

Best regards, Jonas


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