[Samba] Samba / Windows workgroup master browser problem

Rich Pinder rpinder at usc.edu
Fri Apr 11 13:46:31 GMT 2003

I admit theres a LOT about the windows networking I dont understand - 
and even though this may NOT be a SAMBA issue per se, I thought I'd post 
it here.

Have a 400gb samba server thats been working well (am upgrading to 
current patches today, btw).
I've got 3 Win2k workstations, on two subnets, that have drives mapped, 
and connect every morning on startup just fine.  All the machines belong 
to one workgroup.

The way I have in the past added machines was to do a 'search' for the 
computer from the client machine.  After it finds the machine, I log in, 
and make the connection persistent for future logins.

But recently I can't locate the samba server doing this search. 

These messages in the samba log file are suspicious - it looks like no 
machine is acting like a local browser for the subnet  (??):

[2003/04/10 04:01:08, 0] nmbd/nmbd_packets.c:send_netbios_packet(171)
  send_netbios_packet: send_packet() to IP port 137 failed
[2003/04/10 04:01:08, 0] nmbd/nmbd_namequery.c:query_name(229)
  query_name: Failed to send packet trying to query name TEACHERS<1d>
[2003/04/10 04:02:00, 0] nmbd/nmbd.c:sig_hup(92)
  Got SIGHUP dumping debug info.
[2003/04/10 04:02:00, 0] nmbd/nmbd_workgroupdb.c:dump_workgroups(292)
   dump workgroup on subnet netmask=
        TEACHERS(1) current master browser = UNKNOWN
                ASDFZXCV 40019a03 (California Teachers Study)

If anyone has a clue on this, I'd apreciate it !  I tried the following 
mods to my conf file, thinking it would force Samba to help out with 
defining the workgroup, but no luck:

os level = 34
local master = yes
remote announce =

Ok..thanks for the help

Rich Pinder
USC School of Medicine

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