browsing network neighborhood

Bill Moran wmoran at
Thu Oct 25 08:53:03 GMT 2001

On Thursday 25 October 2001 00:39, Bozhan Boiadzhiev wrote:
> without samba i can't see any of other workgroups

Is samba configured as a WINS server? That could be why.
Also, changes to browse lists generally take 30 minutes or so to
update.  So if you downed the samba server and immediately
checked the browse list, it probably wouldn't be correct.

Either way, samba still will not provide "workgroup routing" nor
prevent viewing other workgroups.
Did you try what I suggested below?

> anb my win clients are behind this router

Are you saying that the different workgroups are on opposite
sides of the router? Like this:

	workgroup a <---> router <----> workgroup b

If that is the case, you'll need to set up WINS and configure a
WINS server on each subnet.  Standard browser announcements
normally don't cross subnet boundries, since they're broadcast
If subnets aren't the issue, then make sure your router is not filtering
out broadcast messages.

If all the clients are on one side of the router and belong to the same
IP subnet, then there is something else wrong.  I'll repeat myself, there
is nothing to prevent cross-workgroup browsing in Samba or Windows.

> Bill Moran wrote:
> >On Thursday 25 October 2001 14:19, Bozhan Boiadzhiev wrote:
> >>Hi
> >>can i use samba as something like router for network neighborhood.
> >>If i have several workgroups A,B,C,D,F,G,H,K,L and one linux server
> >>which is
> >>router for internet how to configure samba so windows client to have
> >>ability to browse other workgroups.
> >>current if i set workgroup to one of A,B,C,D and one of machines as wins
> >>server ... etc. i can browse only that workgroup
> >
> >This has nothing to do with samba.  Under windows explorer, you should
> >have an icon for "entire network".  Double clicking on it should show you
> >all the workgroups on the network and allow you to browse them.  If this
> >doesn't work, then it is a windows config problem.  There is no need for
> >any sort of "router" to allow cross browsing between workgroups.  In fact
> >the workgroup thing is really only a filter explorer uses to organize the
> >browse list.

Bill Moran
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