Still cannot access network (NT, 95. Linux) resources

Umar Murtaza umurtaza at
Wed Feb 18 17:20:56 GMT 1998


> On Mon, 16 Feb 1998, Umar Murtaza wrote:
> > Windows 95 Workstations:
> > 	Running on DHCP (Linux Server has dhcp configured)
> > They have a valid IP address, gateway IP address, Subnet Mask, but
> > no Primary WINS Server (whereas it should show NT Server as
> > Primary WINS Server, its there in smb.conf file of Linux server).
> > This is the output of "winipcfg" command of windows 95.
> You may need to configure the DHCP server to inform the Win95
> machines as to what their WINS server address is. One of the "vendor
> tags" is set aside for specifying the WINS server address - if you
> can't find out what it is any other way, look up the DHCP RFCs for
> the number.
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Thanks alot, it has worked, i have added a line in dhcp.conf file :

option netbios-name-servers;

and now windows95 workstations have Primary WINS server as in its "winipcfg" commands output.

Workgroup for 192 and 208 are same i.e MyWorkgroupName (for example) 
and they are PHYSICALLY connected to the same Ethernet Hub.

More than half of the problem is solved now i can use the network
shared resources of windows95 workstation from the NTServer plus i can
view them from NTServer's "Network Neighbourhood". But Windows95
workstations cannot see NTServer in their "Network Neighbourhood" , it
can map NTServer's shared folders if i give directly them path. 

I mean to say, for example maping a share "myshare" of NTServer onto a
windows95 workstation i can give directly the full path
"\\ntserver\myshare", by this i can map the share or even i can run an
exe file by giving "\\ntserver\myshare\exe-file.exe" at the run option
of windows95.

On finding a computer name NTServer from their find computer option of
windows95 it shows a computer named NTServer but with Location
"MyWorkgroupName". From here if i double click at NTServer it shows me
all the shared folders/printers of NTServer plus now i can map these

Part of my smb.conf file at Linux Server is:
    workgroup = MyWorkgroupName

    comment = Linux Samba Server
    interfaces = 
     wins server =
     dns proxy = no

; browsing
        domain master = yes
        local master = yes
        preferred master = yes
        os level = 65
        remote announce =
;        remote browse sync =

;	encrypt passwords = yes
 debug level = 2
  hosts allow = InternetIPAddress 192.168.5.  localhost
  read prediction = yes time server = True

Part of my dhcp.conf file at Linux Server is:


option domain-name "MyDomainName";
option domain-name-servers;
option routers;
option subnet-mask;
option broadcast-address;
option netbios-name-servers;
#option time-servers;
default-lease-time 604800;
max-lease-time 604800;


Please can you suggest me where i am wrong.

In short the problem left is:

I cannot see NTServer in "Network Neighbourhood" of windows95 
workstations. Plus NTServer itself is also not visible in its own
"Network Neighbourhood".

Resources are shared by all of them (INDIRECTLY for windows95 and
directly by NTServer), they are pinging to each other, tracert is also

Or in other words, NTServer is getting the browse list from the Linux 
Server but NTServer is not giving his own browse list (in which 
NTServer is the only one present) to Linux Server or you can say 
Linux Server is not getting the browse list from NTServer. And 
windows95 workstations are getting the browse list from Linux Server 
(which they are expected to do so).

Thanks and hope to hear from anyone soon.

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