[Samba] Need help with seeing samba server in Win98

Jill Van Zelfden jvanzelfden at abog.org
Thu Feb 14 07:57:16 GMT 2002


Thank you for your response.  However, none of your suggestions have fixed
our situation.

We changed Wins support to No based on your suggestion with no changes in
symptoms (even after 7 hours of waiting over night).

Based on the browsing.txt file I found online, wins server is suggested to
be set to yes.  So, we have reset it back to yes and done a few other things
it suggested.  Still, we can not seem to get this to work.

I have included our smb.conf file below as well as our Win98 settings.  Do
you have any further suggestions?

Jill Van Zelfden

----smb.conf as set by SWAT----
   workgroup = ABOGEXAM
   serverstring = Samba SMB Server
   interfaces =
   bind interfaces only = Yes
   encrypt passwords = Yes
   log level = 3
   log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
   max log size = 50
   time server = Yes
   domain logons = Yes
   os level = 65
   preferred master = True
   domain master = True
   wins support = Yes
   guest account = smbuser
   printing = lprng
   hide dot files = No
   comment = Public
   path = /home/public
   read only = No
   create mask = 0664
   directory mask = 0775
   guest ok = Yes
   comment = Data
   path = /home/samba/data
   read only = No
   create mask = 0660
   directory mask = 0770
   guest ok = Yes

----Windows 98 settings----
Client for Microsoft Networks
   Quick Logon selected
   bindings: Client for Microsoft Networks
             File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks
   IP: with subnet mask of
   Wins Configuration: Enable
   DNS Configuration: Enable
             Host: station2
             Domain: abogexam
             DNS Server Search Order:
Computer Name: station2
Workgroup: ABOGEXAM
Share-level access control

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Moran [mailto:wmoran at potentialtech.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 4:00 PM
To: Jill Van Zelfden; samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: Re: [Samba] Need help with seeing samba server in Win98

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
>                         "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
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
you need to wait until the next automatic browse list refresh before you'll
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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