PDC cannot be found - different subnet

Samuel Greenfeld gree3776 at rowan.edu
Tue Nov 21 22:28:53 GMT 2000

    Not to beat a dead horse, but we have basically the exact same problem, also using Samba 2.0.7.  Our Samba controlled domain is set up to register itself with the campus WINS server, which happens to be another Samba box. But Network Neighborhood normally doesn't see anything on another subnets.   Mapping \\SERVER\SHARE by hand works.   Of further note is that samba systems have no problems with this at all - they can see all the domains on campus (at last check, 93 due to all the student ones).

   Unfortunately, Novell is our official platform (except for engineering), so every getting every last LAN administrator to add LMHOSTS entries for our servers is not likely to happen.  I suspect that many MS systems do not use WINS when they should, but I have no clue who is at fault.


>>> "Robert M. Martel" <bob at meeker.urban.csuohio.edu> 11/20/00 05:08PM >>>
	Greetings all,
	have a lab of NT 4.0 machines on a different subnet from the smaba server acting as PDC.  We rely on the university for WINS service.  My lab machines are unable to find the PDC for their domain now that they are on a different subnet from the server.  The server is configured to use WINS as are the NT 4.0 clients.

	It looks as if the samba server is NOT registering itself with the WINS server.  An "nbtstat -a sambaserver" yields a result of name not found. I can see entries for other NT servers, but not for *any* of our SAMBA servers.

	What do I have to do to get SAMBA to register with the WINS server so that the clients can find their PDC?

	The SAMBA servers are configured to use WINS, the PDC -acting machine is also configured to be the domain master browser.

	The NT machines are configured via DHCP, but even when I plug numbers into the settings by hand I get the same results.

	Samba *can* be the PDC for clients on another subnet, right?  What have I missed?  Everything worked like a charm when everything was on the same subnet.   Why won't the Samba servers register themselves with the WINS server?


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