Domain master browser for multiple domains?

John J. LeMay Jr. jlemay at
Wed Nov 10 14:38:34 GMT 1999

Any machine - including Windows 95/98 - can be a master browser for the
workgroup/domain (this can be considered synonomous for our purposes
here). The master browser does not need be a PDC, BDC, or even a server.

The master broswer is determined by an "election" which occurs at specific
intervals or when a domain controller is brought up on the domain. You
should be able to use "browstat" from the NT resource kit to determine
which machines are acting as master and backup browsers. 

Hope this helps...

On Wed, 10 Nov 1999, Bob Franklin wrote:

> Hi,
> As I understand it, for cross-subnet browsing to work, we need a domain
> master for each workgroup/domain?  This presents a problem since many
> of our workgroups/domains are just a collection of Windows 95 machines
> and so do not have a domain controller to be a domain master browser.
> Can we make Samba be a domain master browser for multiple domains/work-
> groups (the list of domains/workgroups is known)?
> NT has the ability to add extra workgroups/domains to the browse list,
> I haven't checked if this will solve our problem (i.e. if it does what
> I want).
> I'd prefer Samba to do this, though, if possible...
> Thanks,
>   - Bob
> -- 
>  Bob Franklin <r.c.franklin at>     Tel. +44 (0)118 931 8432
>  Systems and Communications, IT Services, The University of Reading, UK

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