Samba and WINS

Alex H. Vandenham alex at
Tue Jan 4 22:35:20 GMT 2000

Yes, I'm using remote browse sync but in the workgroup list, all the workgroups
are listed but the master browser for each workgroup is NOT listed except for
the local workgroup. Is that the expected behaviour or is there another setting
that I'm missing.  

On Tue, 04 Jan 2000, Steve Langasek wrote:

> Ah.  There are issues w/ browse list propogation if a workgroup doesn't exist
> on the client's subnet.  With WINS and functioning master browsers, if a
> workgroup is present on the local network, your client will see all machines
> in that workgroup, even if the machines are in remote subnets.  However, if
> the workgroup does *not* have machines in the local subnet, browse lists won't
> propogate and you won't see the workgroup at all.
> There is a way around this with Samba, fortunately: the 'remote browse sync'
> option.  It requires the master browsers to all be running Samba, which
> doesn't seem to be a problem for you. :)  Setting
>    remote browse sync = <ip_of_server_1> <ip_of_server_2> ...
> in your smb.conf for each machine should take care of the problem.
> Question for anyone reading who knows more about this than I do:  the smb.conf
> man page says you can specify the broadcast for each remote subnet that you
> want to work with.  Does this depend on being able to send directed broadcasts
> between subnets?
> -Steve Langasek
> postmodern programmer

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