[Samba] Can't access SAMBA workgroup from Windows machines

Ryan Novosielski novosirj at umdnj.edu
Wed Apr 23 14:00:18 GMT 2003

You will be much better off avoiding browsing and setting a server to be a
WINS server, most likely. However, either way, good resources are located
in the Samba dist file. I don't know exactly where they are located, but
one of them is called BROWSING.txt, and I bet if you look on Google, it
will turn up that file. There's another doc, which I believe is referred
to in BROWSING.txt.

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On Wed, 23 Apr 2003, Pete Overman wrote:

> I am relatively new to Linux and Samba, so pardon what may be a stupid question.
> I am having a problem accessing my SAMBA server's workgroup from my window's clients. The workgroup (WORKGROUP) shows up in the Windows network neighborhood, but when I click it I get a message that says "Workgroup is not accessible. Network name cannot be found." However, when I click Start, Run and type in  \\<samba_server_name>, it opens just fine.
> Also, it should be noted that this only occurs when the SAMBA server is the master browser for the workgroup. If I put a Windows machine in the same workgroup and allow it to become the master browser, then everything works fine.
> Incidentally, I am using Red Hat 8.0, Samba version 2.2.5-10.
> NOTE: I saw a previous posting that this may indicate a WINS problem, but it did not elaborate on how I might go about fixing it.
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