Couldn't register domain?

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at
Fri Dec 19 21:09:05 GMT 1997

On Sat, 20 Dec 1997, Matthew Harrell wrote:

> What do these log messages mean?
>   12/19/1997 14:29:09 netbios nameserver version 1.9.18alpha13 started
>   Copyright Andrew Tridgell 1994-1997
>   12/19/1997 14:29:09 become_domain_master_browser_wins: attempting to become domain master browser on workgroup COAA, subnet UNICAST_SUBNET.
>   become_domain_master_browser_wins: querying WINS server at IP for domain master browser name COAA<1b> on workgroup COAA
>   register_name_response: server at IP rejected our name registration of COAA<1b> with error code 5.
>   become_domain_master_fail: Failed to become a domain master browser for workgroup COAA on subnet UNICAST_SUBNET. Couldn't register name COAA<1b>.
>   standard_fail_register: Failed to register/refresh name COAA<1b> on subnet UNICAST_SUBNET
> This system is supposed to be a backup server and the preferred master flag
> is set to "no", but I'm getting the problem that I can't even see the system
> name in the browse list on the master and when I do a smbclient on this system
> (an SGI) then it only shows itself in the browse list and the fact that it is
> the master of the workgroup.  Even when I turn off the options to have it 
> challenge the master servers it never seems to appear in the browse lists.
> Any ideas?

it means that you have "domain master = yes" in your smb.conf file (i
hope!) and it also means that you already _have_ a domain master (or an nt
primary domain controller) on your network.


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