The State of Play: (what smb.conf changes can we do for 3.0 )

Gerald (Jerry) Carter jerry at
Tue Nov 13 06:12:05 GMT 2001

On Tue, 13 Nov 2001 Martin.Sheppard at wrote:

> Hi,
> I don't think that the browsing parameters like domain master should
> be removed. There are legitimate reasons why your PDC may not be the
> same as your Domain Master.

By definition, a PDC must be the DMB (that's how Windows clients locate
it).  Can you give us an example of what you are thing?

> That being said, it's fine for "server role" to set the default value
> of "domain master". It's just removing it completely that I object to.
> It has a very specific meaning that I may want to adjust independently
> of other parameters.
> You also need to take into account how the server role parameter is going to
> be handled in a W2K environment should samba ever get native support for it.
> In that environment every DC has a writable copy of the directory, so are
> they all defined as PDCs in the "server role"? Which one does the PDC
> emulator functions, like being the domain master browser? Is this yet
> another server role or is it more sensible to just use "domain master" for
> that. Thinking about these things now will avoid making more changes to this
> new parameter in the future.

Excellent point.

cheers, jerry
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