libsmbclient: Browsing and a URI spec?

Welsh, Armand armand.welsh at
Thu Jan 4 17:56:10 GMT 2001

I think, yes...

in smb.conf I have:
workgroup = WELSHHOME
netbios name = HOMER
security = domain

Querying to workgroup, I see that I am listed in the workgroup welshhome
$ nmblookup welshhome -T
querying welshhome on
nelson, welshhome<00>
bart, welshhome<00>
homer, welshhome<00>

yet, I can alter where I authenticate, which is what I think is being asked

at the linux prompt:
$ smbclient //nelson/public
smb: \> quit

also at the linux prompt:
$ smbclient //nelson/c$ -U administrator -W nelson
added interface ip= bcast= nmask=
added interface ip= bcast= nmask=
Domain=[WELSHHOME] OS=[Windows 5.0] Server=[Windows 2000 LAN Manager]
smb: \> quit

So in both cases, I can authenticate specify where to authenticate, the
workgroup is just the default authenticator.  But I can still authenticate
where I want, the way I want, just as in NT.

So the question is, I think, should samba support participating in workgoup
lookps for multiple workgroups, and be able to be registerd in an
authentication domain that is seperate from it's workgroups?

-> -----Original Message-----
-> From: Steve Langasek [mailto:vorlon at]
-> Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2001 9:29 AM
-> To: Welsh, Armand
-> Cc: Samba Technical
-> Subject: RE: libsmbclient: Browsing and a URI spec?
-> On Thu, 4 Jan 2001, Welsh, Armand wrote:
-> > authenticating against a server, instead of the domain, 
-> even though you
-> > logged into the domain, you only need to specify the 
-> server name, as the
-> > workgroup/domain.  I have done this on my linux box, with 
-> smbclient, to log
-> > into my NT Workstation as the local administrator.  While 
-> I was logged in
-> > the Workstation as my domain user account on another share.
-> However, you as a *client* cannot ask the server to 
-> authenticate you against
-> another server.  You can specify domain credentials, and the 
-> server will
-> figure out on its own what authentication server to use.  
-> This is really the
-> only secure way to do it.
-> Steve Langasek
-> postmodern programmer

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