domain master browser

Simon Hyde shyde at
Tue Nov 25 22:36:52 GMT 1997

On Tue, 25 Nov 1997 10:40:01 +1100, you wrote:

>I'd like my Samba server to be a Domain Master Browser for a
> workgroup (let's call it 'ENGINEER').
>I set it up according to BROWSING.txt, but yet Windows NT/95 PCs on other
> subnets are unable to browse and see computers on this subnet
> (even if those PCs are also in the same workgroup).
>It appears that the Samba is not acting as the Domain Master Browser
> ... at least as far as I can tell... and this is where I need
> help in verification of my setup.
> (aka lorax) is the IP address of my samba server.
>Below is the output of nmblookup with debug level of 5.
>Notice the [slightly misspelled] warning:
>Warning: inconsistant interface
>After looking at this code in nmblookup.c/interface.c, I am convinced this
> is because of a minor bug in the code where the network mask is passed
> in as
>So, I don't think that has anything to do with my problem...
> which again is that PCs in the same workgroup on other subnets
> don't see PCs on this subnet.
>There is no NT domain named the same as the workgroup.  There is an
> NT server acting as a WINS server ( as specified
> as the 'wins server').

Are all the PC's pointing to this server too?
This is always a good thing to setup

>Anyone have any ideas?  Do I need to have the WINS server be the
> domain master browser instead of Samba (BROWSING.txt seems to
> clearly indicate that Samba can be the Domain Master Browser).
>% nmblookup -d 5 -B lorax __SAMBA__
>Initialising global parameters
>Processing configuration file "/usr/local/samba/lib/smb.conf"
>Processing section "[global]"
>doing parameter browseable = yes
>doing parameter domain logons = yes
>doing parameter guest account = nobody
>doing parameter load printers = yes
>doing parameter logon script = hi.bat "S: %S" "P: %P" "u: %u" "g: %g" "U: %U" "G: %G" "H: %H" "v: %v" "h: %h" "m: %m" "L: %L" "M: %M" "d: %d" "a: %a" "I: %I" "T: %T"
>doing parameter lpq command = /usr/ucb/lpq -P%p
>doing parameter print command = /usr/ucb/lpr -P%p %s;/bin/rm -f %s
>doing parameter printcap name = /usr/local/smb/printcap
>doing parameter printing = sysv
>doing parameter security = user
>doing parameter smbrun = /usr/local/samba/bin/smbrun
>doing parameter username map = /usr/local/smb/
>doing parameter workgroup = ENGINEER
>doing parameter wins support = no
>doing parameter wins server =
>doing parameter domain master = yes
>doing parameter local master = yes
>doing parameter preferred master = yes
>doing parameter os level = 2

You'll want to crank this up a bit, if you don't ever want another machine
to overrule yours as browser then set this to 255, somewhere around 70
should do, putting it well above the NT machine it's talking to (which is
somewhere in the 30's if I recall correctly)

>doing parameter log file = /var/adm/log/log.mMuUhLv.%m,%M,%u,%U,%h,%L,%v,
>doing parameter lock directory = /var/spool/samba/locks
>doing parameter share modes = yes
>pm_process() returned Yes
>adding IPC service
>Warning: inconsistant interface
>Added interface ip= bcast= nmask=
>bind succeeded on port 0
>Socket opened.
>Sending queries to
>11/24/97 18:30:01 sending a packet of len 50 to ( on port 137
>11/24/97 18:30:01 received a packet of len 62 from ( port 137
>nmb packet from header: id=30452 opcode=Query(0) response=Yes
>    header: flags: bcast=No rec_avail=No rec_des=Yes trunc=No auth=Yes
>    header: rcode=0 qdcount=0 ancount=1 nscount=0 arcount=0
>    answers: nmb_name=__SAMBA__(0) rr_type=32 rr_class=1 ttl=14400
>    answers   0 char D.....   hex 4400C0CFA6A1
>Got a positive name query response from (
> __SAMBA__

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