[Samba] Re: Windows NT PDC and Samba PDC cross subnet browsing? (solved)

Eddie Lania e.lania at home.nl
Wed Sep 4 19:40:47 GMT 2002

Hi everyone,

I think I solved it:

- I installed WINS on both sides on the PDC's (Samba on the one end, NT on
the other).

- On both subnets the clients are configured by dhcp to use their own PDC's
WINS as their primairy WINS server and the WINS on the remote PDC as their
"secondairy" WINS server.

- TCPIP configuration on the Windows NT PDC configured to use it's own WINS
address as it's primairy WINS, and the remote (Samba's) WINS as it's
secondairy WINS.

- AND finally, I added a static WINS mapping from the Samba PDC's address to
the Windows NT's WINS database.

Et voila, it's working for a week allready without any problems.

Any comment's?
(they're welcome)


----- Original Message -----
From: "Eddie Lania" <e.lania at home.nl>
To: "Samba list" <samba at lists.samba.org>
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2002 9:23 PM
Subject: Windows NT PDC and Samba PDC cross subnet browsing?

> Hello,
> I have been searching for answers now more then a week, but I cannot find
> proper solution.
> Please help me with this:
> Scenario:
> 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
> for it's domain (1).
> On network two (2) one of the linux Samba tunnel boxes is a Samba PDC
> 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
> on network one (2).
> Altough I can use the "search computer" function from windows to find one
> 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
> 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
> 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
> PDC rules, the Samba will refuse to exchange his browse lists because it
> not configured as a DMB (it say's), altough it has no problems to become
> LMB.
> 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.
> Eddie.

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