[Samba] subnet browsing crappy solution!

Harmer, Michael Michael.Harmer at mvg.com
Tue Jun 4 05:28:03 GMT 2002

Yup, that would have made his life easier.
Also, Try reading the Microsoft TCP/IP White paper and rereading the Samba
papers. Netbios broadcasts are discussed along with solutions. One of the
oldest solutions is to use a 'relay' agent. NT has been able to do that for
a long time, and I believe SAMBA can too. (Though I am not an authority on
that and could be wrong.)

Netbios broadcasts are how computers advertise their location to the network
in one of the possible setups. It is what most basic networks are set up to
do.(WINS corrects this, but you have to set each machine up to talk to a
WINS server) Unfortunately broadcasts are not usually sent across a router.
Which is why you had problems. Had you set up a local to the subnet server
that had Netbois relay turned on that was a member of a domain(possibly
workgroup, but not sure), you would have had no problems either. There a
other solutions as well.

Michael Harmer
Miller-Valentine Group

-----Original Message-----
From: Jason Stewart [mailto:jstewart at rtl.org] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 04, 2002 7:58 AM
To: Costin Manda
Cc: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: Re: [Samba] subnet browsing crappy solution!

Why not just set up Samba to do WINS resolution? You would have saved 
yourself alot of headaches.


At 12:11 PM 6/4/2002 +0300, you wrote:
>   Trying all the stupid methods to solve the issue of Win2k hosts from
>different subnets that can't be seen in the NetworkNeighbourhood when
>is Samba on Linux (including reading the F***ing manuals and not finding
>anything useful or browsing through the source of samba until my eyes fall
>in my mouth) I have decided that they were, well... ,stupid and chose to
>crappy solutions! One of them worked!
>   As I have a network of more subnets linked through routers that
>communicate via the internet, I instructed all routers to send the netbios
>broadcast packets from their subnets to the linux server. Now all the
>computers show in the NN, without any difficulty in access. And the issue
>clogging the net with broadcast packets isn't that grave, as they are small
>and transmited only from time to time.
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Jason Stewart
Systems Administrator/Programmer
Right to Life of Michigan
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