can't get in Network Neighborhood - need help

Stephen L Arnold arnold.steve at
Mon Feb 15 18:33:29 GMT 1999

When the world was young, Andrei <and at> carved some 
runes like this:  

>  I am currenlt using samba 2.0.2 but i remember having this problem
> with older releases too. Everything works fine but no matter what i do
> (user/share security level ; domain master=yes/no ;local master=yes/no
> etc.) the windozes (win98) can see my samba server only if i do start/find
> - computer. They can't see it in Network Neighborhood...

Browsing (and thus NetHood functionality) is dependent on NetBIOS 
name resolution working properly (and is a function of nmbd, not 
smbd).  This means that, even with samba doing local or domain 
browse-master stuff, you still need a way to resolve NetBIOS names 
to addresses (just like DNS, /etc/hosts).  You will either need to 
run samba as a WINS server (or use the WINS services of an NT 
machine somewhere) or use lmhosts files on the clients (also on the 
samba box if you want smbclient to resolve windoze boxes).

We also had browsing hose periodically due to too much coax on our 


Stephen L. Arnold                     arnold.steve at

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