libsmbclient: Browsing and a URI spec?

Michael B. Allen mballen at
Thu Jan 4 07:29:24 GMT 2001

On Wed, Jan 03, 2001 at 07:20:03PM -0600, Steve Langasek wrote:
> By 'associated with', I mean 'bearing the same name as'.  If you have an NT
> domain called 'FOO', members of that domain will appear in the workgroup 'FOO'
> on the network.  Win9x machines may also appear in the workgroup 'FOO', but
> they are not part of the domain.

Ok, I have talked to one of the NT guys and apparently we don't
have "workgroups" at all but rather use a "domain model" and "trust"
something-or-others(relationships?) ...blah, blah, blah. We have a pretty
big network(1000s across many countries). If I look at the networking
configuration on my machine I have a domain specified that I thought
of as my "workgroup". Entering this information will only work if an
Administrator enables the machine name and my account presumably on the
domain controller. The "domain" used for authentication purposes(when I'm
connecting to shares and doing general stuff) is then obtained from the
domain controller when I log in based on my username and "domain"(the one
I have been calling workgroup). This is pretty much just a brain dump of
a fairly casual discussion during chow so don't treat it as anything more.

Now even having said that I think it's rather inconcequential to the
question at hand. That is; how and why would the domain(PrimaryDomain
field in SMB_COM_SESSION_SETUP_ANDX used for user authentication when
connecting to services) and the workgroup(used for name service and
browsing but now apparently a kind of "domain" itself) differ? Fact is
they do in some cases so perhaps there should be a parameter to specify
that like 'client auth domain =' for smbclient and to use.


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