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Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at
Fri Nov 13 17:31:39 GMT 1998

On Fri, 13 Nov 1998, Craig Bridge wrote:

> > > There is an alternative for those that HAVE to run multiple protocols on
> NT,
> > > when the domain master browser does not.  Try changing registry:
> > > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Parameters
> > >   IsDomainMaster: FALSE
> > >   MaintainServerList: No
> > This is the sort of question which is likely to get me killed or drafted
> > (or killed by being drafted without any free time to spare), but I'll ask
> > it anyway. :)
> > I know for certain that Linux has support in the kernel for IPX
> > networking, and I suppose there might be other Samba platforms out there
> > that do as well.  Has consideration ever been given to the idea of giving
> > Samba the capability to use IPX on those platforms that support it?  Or
> > is this idea just plain Sick and Wrong? :)
> > -Steve Langasek
> I would NOT recommend it.  Negotiating on one protocol stack "correctly"
> (e.g. figuring out what it takes to make all the other SMB, WINS, and
> clients and servers happy) is bad enough.  Dealing with the router and race
> conditions of multiple protocol stacks is next to impossible.  The various
> Microsoft
> teams have trouble getting it good enough, and they have source code for all
> their
> pieces.

actually, they can't even get it right on _one_ stack (tcp/ip).  when you
put multiple interfaces into an nt machine, they thunk all incoming
netbios traffic in and out of all interfaces.  therefore, it registers its
own NetBIOS names on each network absolutely fine, and then the
client-side goes and makes a query, and you get a response from each
"transport", but these responses get thunked into the same NetBIOS layer,
so it thinks "argh! there are two people with my own name on the network!"
and says "error, a duplicate name exists on the network"

... *dur* ...

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