[Samba] NMB problem

Steve Hayes steve at khatovartech.com
Sat Jun 29 02:22:02 GMT 2002

I'm configuring Samba on a Red Hat Linux 7.2 server, for access from a
Windows 2000 client. My server name is DEMENTIA, and it's IP address is I've confirmed with ifconfig that the server's broadcast
address is

I'm having a problem with NMB that I seem to have isolated to the
following symptoms - 

After starting NMBD, I can lookup the server name using unihost:

nmblookup -U DEMENTIA
Querying DEMENTIA on
Got a positive name query response from ( ) DEMENTIA<00>

But when I try to do the equivalent operation via the broadcast address
the lookup fails

nmblookup -B DEMENTIA
Querying DEMENTIA on
name_query failed to find name DEMENTIA<00>

The unihost example seems to indicate that NMB is up and running. I
can't find any errors in the logs. I suspect that there's some
configuration option in smb.conf that I'm either setting or not setting
correctly, but I can't figure out which ones. 

I set "bind interfaces only = no", as I saw some documentation that
indicated this might be related.

My hosts allow = 192.168. 127.

At this stage I don't know where to look next. Can anyone make a

Steve Hayes
Khatovar Technology Pty. Ltd.
steve at khatovartech.com
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