Samba in a high availablity enviroment

daniel.jarboe at daniel.jarboe at
Tue Mar 30 13:54:53 GMT 2004

On Monday, March 29, 2004 10:22 AM, Volker Lendecke wrote:
> Hi!
> On Mon, Mar 29, 2004 at 03:17:24PM +0200, Per Kofod wrote:
> > My guess is that this information is kept in one of the files under
> > $SAMBA/var/locks directory; but which one, and can the other node
> > over this file without any complications?
> It's in secrets.tdb. The easiest way is to have both servers with
> different
> 'netbios name' entries but with a common 'netbios aliases'. The
> name'
> determines the workstation account name, and the common 'netbios
> is
> the additional one that is announced to clients. This way no
> about
> domain membership needs to be shared.

I've been having a lot of trouble getting something similar working
correctly.  If have two servers always up, each with a single interface
always on, and a third IP address that can be toggled between them on an
additional interface (in dns the third ip is gutenberg).  When a client
installs a printer via the gutenberg print$ share, the printer is often
installed as PRINTER-NAME on printserv1, instead of PRINTER-NAME on

I've tried it with and without netbios aliases.  Sometimes we will get
the correct behavior if the client deletes the printer, restarts
Windows, and then adds the printer again, but it tends to be wrong more
often than right.

We'd like to be able to switch clients from one server to the other
without having to touch every single client.  Am I doing something
wrong, missing some important step?

~ Daniel


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