Browsing from win95, some confirmation reqd

Richard Sharpe sharpe at
Tue Apr 4 04:00:54 GMT 2000


Looking at some traces I have, I have come to the following conclusion
about how a Win9X client browses:

1. It sends a GetBackupList request to DOMAIN<1D> on the subnet broadcast addr

2. It sends a WINS name lookup for DOMAIN<1B> if configured for WINS

3. When it gets the answer to the above, it sends a GetBackupList request
   to DOMAIN<1B> to the IP address returned in step 2.

4. It often gets a response to both GetBackupList requests

5. Then it queries one of the servers returned in the GetBackupList response
   with a NetServerEnum2

Does this accord with other people's experience?

Richard Sharpe, sharpe at, Master Linux Administrator :-),
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