OT: browsing between subnets

Ondrej Hanak hanak at IRIS.osu.cz
Fri May 26 14:19:37 GMT 2000

On Fri, 26 May 2000, Simo Sorce wrote:

> isyn at isi.wat.waw.pl wrote:
> > 
> > > I do not know how to solve this problem, but just a idea:
> > >
> > > Did you try setting wins server on cyber and mamut to dino IP address.
> > > I an not shure that this make sense, but what do you know.
> > Yes I did this, it made nothing, all what happend was that the dino saw
> > mamut and cyber, but they were not browseable for it...
> > 
> > I have an idea to.
> > One can write a ip and the name of computers to the lmhosts file. Maybe it
> > will help...
> > 
> > --
> You have a problem resolved many times and documented somwhere in samba
> faqs!
> However, there are some experiences explained (hope you will understand
> my bad english:( )
> First of all: The windows smb protocol discovers machine on a brodcast
> basis, so if you have two separeted subnets the machines of one subnet
> do not see the ones of another subnet.
> To resolve this and other weird problem with broadcast discovery, wins
> were introduced. The wins server may reside in any subnet, the ckients
> must be configured to connect to wins server.
> Once a client come up, it register himself on the wins ang get back the
> list of currently registered machines, then it will resync every
> x-minutes with the wins to get updated browse lists.

I must say, that this is not true. Once client comes up, it registers 
himself on the WINS server but is only looking for domain master browser 
(DMB) on WINS if it is local master browser (LMB), but if you are in 
fails. So you can see only comps in this WORKGROUP on local segment and 
these DOMAINS/WORKGROUPS, in which other comps are on that segment.

In DOMAIN you can see all computers belonged to this DOMAIN wherever they 
are. But to see other WORKGROUP/DOMAINS it still depends on existence 
DOMAIN member comps in other segments, where members of these 

This browsing is realy damn thing!

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