Browsing along side NT

Reggie Beavers - UNIX Sys Admin rbeavers at
Wed Jan 14 22:33:17 GMT 1998

> > process_local_master_announce: Server PC1597 at IP is 
> > itself as a local master browser for workgroup SFWMD_HQ and we think we are 
> > master. Forcing election.
> This is your problem with OS level = 65.
> Samba nmbd now behaves in exactly the same
> way as NT server - if someone else claims
> to be browse master it demotes itself and
> forces an election. Find out why PC1597 at
> IP thinks it is a browse master
> (and then kill it :-).

I'd like to kill it! It's an NT machine. However, it's normal for an
NT machine to become a browse master. We also have W95 machines
within the subnet but they don't create a problem. Shouldn't the 
NT machine accept the samba server has the master browser and leave it at 
that? Is this something that I should be concerned with or are
these messages just informational and all is well?

> > LOG.NMB (os level = 2)
> > -------------------------------
> > 01/13/1998 20:58:49 netbios nameserver version 1.9.18 started
> > Copyright Andrew Tridgell 1994-1997
> > register_name_response: server at IP rejected our name 
> > registration of SFWMD_HQ<1d> with error code 6.
> This is your problem with OS level 2. Error code 6
> (from nameserv.h) = 
> #define ACT_ERR   0x6       /* Active error - name owned by another
> host. */
> Someone else (probably the server at IP :-)
> has claimed that name.

If I then bump the 'os level' to 65 they all works well. SFWMD_HQ is the
work group name.  The server at is a samba server that is acting
has a browse master (the same one mentioned above). They have different 
hostnames and interface names. I did *not* change their respective 
netbios names. 

The logic behind my attempt was to first force the samba servers to 
become the browse masters. After receiving the 'os level = 65' messages,
I thought I'd allow the NT machines to win the election but set the
samba servers to win over the W95 machines.

I guess my real question is: Is this normal smb behavior?

Anyway, thanks for the information that you've already sent. I didn't
think to look in the .h files for the error codes. I've grown accustomed
to flying space shuttles without instructions!


Reggie Beavers,  UNIX Contractor,            reggie at
@South Florida Water Management District, rbeavers at

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