[Samba] Need help with seeing samba server in Win98

Bill Moran wmoran at potentialtech.com
Wed Feb 13 14:38:03 GMT 2002

On Wednesday 13 February 2002 16:30, Jill Van Zelfden wrote:
> IP address:
> Samba Server: 2.2.1a
> Samba Server Name: SAMBASERVER
> Workgroup Name: ABOGEXAM
> We found a document located at
> http://us1.samba.org/samba/docs/DIAGNOSIS.html that gives information on
> testing the samba server connections.  Going through each step we get the
> following results:
> Step 1: no errors reported
> Step 2:
>          From the server: "ping station2" gives proper response
>          From station2: "ping sambaserver" gives "Unknown Host SAMBASERVER"
>                         "ping" gives proper response
> Based on the reference document, we are gathering that the Win98 computer
> is not set up properly.

Possibly, but before you assume that, make sure "wins enable" is set to "yes"
in the samba config. 
HOWEVER, unless you've got a fairly complex network, you probably don't
need and don't _want_ WINS.  Before turning on WINS in Samba, try turning
it _off_ in Windows and see if that solves the problem.
Keep in mind that changes to name resolution can sometimes take 30 minutes
to actually take place.  Windows machines have a set of timeouts they use
that will sometimes make it look like your changes haven't worked, when in fact
you need to wait until the next automatic browse list refresh before you'll know
for sure.

> However, the Win98 computer has the following: the
> DNS and Wins server both point to, have share level access,
> Client for Microsoft Networks, File and printer sharing for Microsoft
> Networks, Browse Master disabled, LM Announce = No.

Read BROWSING.txt which comes with most samba distributions and is
available on the net as well.  This is an excellent document that everyone
who uses Windows shoul be required to read.  If you understand this
document, you WILL be able to fix your problem.

Bill Moran
Potential Technology technical services

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