O'reilly samba book vs. BROWSING.txt

Christopher R. Hertel crh at nts.umn.edu
Mon Nov 15 22:24:41 GMT 1999

> At 08:43 AM 11/16/99 +1100, giulioo at tiscalinet.it wrote:
> >On Tue, 16 Nov 1999 08:04:37 +1100, hai scritto:
> >
> >>>BROWSING.txt says:
> >>>- in the other 2 subnets you need a local master browser, which could be
> >>>a Win9x machine.
> >
> >>>O'reilly "Using Samba" says (chapter 5, available online):
> >>>1) You must have either a Windows NT or Samba machine acting as a local
> >>>master browser on each subnet in the workgroup/domain. (If you have a
> >>>domain master browser in a subnet, a local master browser is not
> >>>needed.) 
> >
> >>The DMB is supposed to register itself in the WINS (NBNS) server, and the
> >>local master is supposed to find the DMB via WINS.  The LMB then
> >>periodically exchanges updates with the DMB.  Wind/95 is supposed to be 
> >>able to do this.  See:
> >>
> >>  http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q148/5/27.asp
> >
> >Ok, BROWSING.txt is right and the book is wrong.
> Well, I had better make damn well sure that I don't get it wrong in my
> book, eh :-)


Note the excessive use of the phrase "supposed to" in my comment above.

You might want to test it out.  We have seen gaps between documented and
empirical behavior before, have we not?

I would really like to see some more solid evidence on this.  I'll write 
the docs if someone can provide the info.

Chris -)-----

> What book you ask?  Special Edition, Using Samba, 800 pages. Delayed a bit
> while I fix up Win2k joining a Samba domain :-(
> >-- 
> >giulioo at tiscalinet.it
> >
> Regards
> -------
> Richard Sharpe, sharpe at ns.aus.com, Master Linux Administrator :-),
> Samba (Team member, www.samba.org), Ethereal (Team member, www.zing.org)
> Co-author, SAMS Teach Yourself Samba in 24 Hours
> Author: First Australian 5-day, intensive, hands-on Linux SysAdmin course

             -- I have a shoehorn, the kind with teeth. --
Christopher R. Hertel -)-----                   University of Minnesota
crh at nts.umn.edu              Networking and Telecommunications Services

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