[Samba] Windows NT PDC and Samba PDC cross subnet browsing?

Eddie Lania e.lania at home.nl
Fri Aug 30 10:24:01 GMT 2002


I have been searching for answers now more then a week, but I cannot find a
proper solution.
Please help me with this:


Two differnet subnetted networks (1 and 2) connected by a cipe tunnel
between two linux Samba boxes over the internet.
On network one (1) is a Windows NT PDC installed which currently is the DMB
for it's domain (1).

On network two (2) one of the linux Samba tunnel boxes is a Samba PDC which
currently is the DMB for it's domain (2).

WINS is installed on the NT server on network one (1).

I can ping all the computers from every subnet.
Every other command like "net view", nbtstat, etc works from every peer to
every peer on both subnets.
I configured dhcp for all clients to use the NT WINS as their WINS server.

Now I only can browse both networks (workgroups 1 and 2) on the NT (1)
network and not the other way arround.
The workgroup from network one (1) does not appear in network neighbourhood
on network one (2).

Altough I can use the "search computer" function from windows to find one of
the computers on the other end of the tunnel and then use windows explorer
to view the complete workgroup, I would really like to be able to browse
both networks on both ends of the tunnel trough the network neighbourhood.

If I switch the WINS server from the NT server to the Samba server it
doesn't work either, I keep getting the workgroups in network neighbourhood
in only one end of the tunnel and only one network on the other end.

Is this because the browse lists from the Samba PDC can not be synchronised
with the browse list from the NT PDC?
I also tried all kind of possible combinations with the samba boxes to get
the browse lists synchronised on both sides, but on the network where the NT
PDC rules, the Samba will refuse to exchange his browse lists because it is
not configured as a DMB (it say's), altough it has no problems to become the

Is the only solution to install Samba PDC's on both end's?
Or is there any other solution?

Please help me out here.

Thank you very much.


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