WINS + browsing question

Tim Carr cygnusx__1 at
Mon Jun 25 19:50:07 GMT 2001

I'm not sure that this is a general question, so I emailed it to both the 
samba and samba-technical lists.

I have a very complicated network setup, with multiple remote subnets, some 
tunneled in, and other such quirks. I've successfully made all of the 
machines (some linux some M$) correctly enlist themselves in ONE WINS-server 
provided by Samba 2.0.x .  I can look at wins.dat, and see all the machines 
properly listed, with the right IPs, and the correct <1B> designations etc 
from primary domain masters, and all that jazz.

HOWEVER... the problem is that this same samba machine never updates its own 
browse list (browse.dat) from the wins server! So whilst the wins.dat file 
will have everything, the browse.dat will have very few machines, only the 
ones that the wins-server can see locally.  Why is this? How can I force the 
browse list to be updated from the wins server on the SAME machine? I'm 
experimenting with "remote browse synch", but have had no love yet.

Many thanks to anyone who can shed light on this subject!

Tim Carr
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