how to stop WfWG local browse master announcements?

Todd Pfaff todd at
Mon Apr 20 21:56:37 GMT 1998

a few days ago i asked:

> this isn't strictly a samba question, but it is related in that i'm trying
> to a samba server as my domain master browser and multiple samba servers
> as local master browsers for a workgroup across multiple subnets.
> everything seems to be working wonderfully except for one WfWG host
> which does not show up in the browse list as expected.  i notice that
> this host is announcing itself as a local master browser despite the fact
> that there is a samba server on the same subnet acting as a local master.
> is it possible to stop a WfWG host from announcing itself as a local
> master browser?  i know how to do this with win95 and winnt hosts but i
> can't find any equivalent for wfwg.

and the answer is to add the following to system.ini in the [network] section:


the LMAnnounce=no may not be necessary.  it, alone, did not help.  the
MaintainServerList=no was the real solution.

thanks to:

  Charles Fox <cfox at>
  Charlie Brady <charlieb at>

Robert Dahlem <Robert.Dahlem at> wrote:

> WfW announces itself as a local browse master whenever it is configured with the ability to 
> share files or printers. In fact this has nothing to do with actually sharing files or printers, 
> just with the possibility of doing so.
> If you don't need Sharing on this box, set EnableSharing, FileSharing and PrintSharing to 0 in 
> SYSTEM.INI and restart Windows. If you need it, experiment with "os level" in smb.conf.

i did want this box to share, just not to announce itself as a local browse
master.  my samba os level was already cranked up to 255 and it was definitely
winning the elections, but this didn't stop the wfwg from wanting to be a local
browse master and announcing itself regularly.

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