Disappearing clients in WINS list

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at switchboard.net
Mon Oct 20 13:58:34 GMT 1997

On Mon, 20 Oct 1997, Dieter Rothacker wrote:

> Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
> > > Here is the smb.conf of the disappeared samba box:
>                                 ^^^^^^^^^^^
> I do not think THIS computer should become local master !?
> (see below)
> > >    wins support = no
> > >    workgroup = WORKGROUP
> > >    browse list = no
> > >    domain master = no
> > >    preferred master = no
> > 
> > here you go! set this to yes!
> > 
> > >    local master = no
> > 
> > and this!
> > 
> > >    os level = 0
> > 
> > this puts your samba server on a par with Windows for Workgroups
> > machines: _low_ priority.
> > 
> > check the Browsing.txt file etc (grep for "os level" in docs directory).
> > 
> > put this to at least 4 (one above NT Workstation).
> I am not sure if I explained my setup enough. I thought it would be best
> to let the WINS server be domain master AND local master on all its
> subnets, so that it can easily build its cross-subnet browse list.

ok, is the disappeared machine on the same broadcast-isolated subnet as 
the domain master?

> This WINS server

a WINS server cannot have NetBIOS names registered.

[you mean, the machine that is running samba, samba in this instance 
having been configured to run both WINS service _and_ be a domain master, 
which is a WINS client using itself for its WINS service...]

> has __MSBROWSE__<01> and workgroup<1b>, workgroup<1d>
> registered ALL the time, I check this regularly.


> This machine is the only one with direct connection to all subnets.
> Perhaps you could give me some insight why it could be advisable to
> let elections for local master happen at all ? I thought I do not need
> that with a WINS server that has direct connection to all subnets.
> So the computer you are referring to above should register at this WINS
> server and should not try to collect & distribute browse lists.
> The Windows clients I configured are also set to "Browse list" =
> "deactivated" (or similar, I have German clients here).

ah, good.

ok.  can you do a netstat -a on one of the w95 machines for me, and let 
me know what the results are?

i need to know if they have WORKGROUP<1e> registered or not.  we've just
made a small mod (when "local master = no", don't register WORKGROUP<1e>. 
i believe this to be faulty: i believe this to require a new parameter
"workgroup member = yes/no", which regulates whether WORKGROUP<1e> is
registered or not). 


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