nmbd & netbios name -> many addreses
Christopher R. Hertel
crh at nts.umn.edu
Thu Mar 4 20:17:15 GMT 1999
> Having just tried to move our Samba based WINS server from an elderly
> 1.9.16p10 to a somewhat less elderly 1.9.18p10 server - I encountered an
> unusual problem.
> The other main change I made was to make all the Samba servers aware of the
> new WINS server which is also the domain master. A lot of our servers are
> multihomed and thus have names such as magda-8 meaning host magda on subnet 8.
That is, that your Samba 1.9.18p10 server is acting as a WINS (NBNS)
server and as the Domain Master Browser, right? That rev of Samba
doesn't have the Domain Control functionality active, so I assume you're
using it as a DMB.
> Where 22.214.171.124 is the old WINS server and 126.96.36.199 the new (and both
> have "dns proxy = yes") using nmblookup I get the following:
> moomin.brunel.ac.uk% nmblookup -U 188.8.131.52 -R magda-8
> Sending queries to 184.108.40.206
> 220.127.116.11 magda-8<00>
> moomin.brunel.ac.uk% nmblookup -U 18.104.22.168 -R magda-8
> Sending queries to 22.214.171.124
> 126.96.36.199 magda-8<00>
> 188.8.131.52 magda-8<00>
> 184.108.40.206 magda-8<00>
> 220.127.116.11 magda-8<00>
> 18.104.22.168 magda-8<00>
> .. so with the new WINS server a single Netbios name resolves to multiple IP
> addresses. (Magda of course has an interfaces = statement).
I don't recall any changes between 1.9.18 and 2.0 that would have fixed
this, but I often miss these things. The big change in nmbd (from my
perspective) was that the namelists were converted from linked lists to
splay trees, for speed. Before 1.9.18 I didn't have my hands in, so I
don't know what might have happened in between.
> The Windows NT workstation (4.0 sp3) using the new WINS server is unhappy
> when given a "net use \\magda-8\SHARE" command - returns:
> System error 53 has occured.
> The network path was not found.
Which means that it cannot resolve the name to a (single) IP address.
> Is nmbd at fault here (or are Microsoft wrong)?
> Should I just upgrade to 2.0.3 (something I plan to do in due course)?
Working with 2.0.3 means we'll all be on the same page. I don't think
that there were many functional changes to nmbd between 1.9.18 and 2.0
(again, could have missed something), though Jeremy did do a lot of work
between 1.9.17 and 1.9.18. I share your question: which is the "correct"
Christopher R. Hertel -)----- University of Minnesota
crh at nts.umn.edu Networking and Telecommunications Services
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