Proposal: Good Neighbor Policy

Simon Murcott simonmu at
Mon Dec 20 20:49:51 GMT 1999

On Tue, 21 Dec 1999, Jeremy Allison wrote:

   I think that's an overgeneralization. Samba can have
   its place as a tool in browsing (and can do some things
   NT can't, and vica-versa of course). SGI use Samba in
   browsing successfully on a very large network.
I am using samba 2.0.5a for browsing across a network of 40 solaris
servers all interconnected via a WAN and it is SOLID. Each client on
each section of the WAN sees that same list and it uses a pathetic
amount of traffic to keep the browse lists in sync.

I have seen a pure NT solution in a slightly smaller environment which
was incredibly ugly. The browse lists would constantly change (ie
machines would appear and disappear at random). Plus the amount of
traffic involved placed a significant load on the WAN.

All in all if you configure samba right you end up with an excelent
solution for binding your network together.

If you let goons configure samba or an NT server then you are doomed
from the start.

Just my ramblings for a tuesday morning.


Simon Murcott

   The bland leadeth the bland and they
   both shall fall into the kitsch.

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