[Samba] Win9x Cannot Find Server, WinY2k Can

Gerald (Jerry) Carter jerry at samba.org
Mon Oct 20 14:09:03 GMT 2003

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Adam Williams wrote:
| I have a Samba 3.0.0 PDC (and WINS server) that has been running fine
| for some time.  I also have Samba fileserver running 3.0.0.  The PDC is
| "littleboy" and the fileserver is "sardine".  This configuration has
| been stable since the day after 3.0.0 came out,  and we were running
| 3.0.0pre(s) on the PDC before 3.0.0 was released and that was stable as
| well.
| Now (or as of 10/16) we are having problems where Win9x boxes can sign
| on but cannot resolve the name of "sardine" in order to connect to any
| resources.  They can resolve the name of the PDC ("littleboy") and print
| to printer queues defined on the PDC but they can't find sardine.
| Restarting the smb service fixes it for a little while but then the
| problem returns.  WinY2k workstations are always able to connect without
| any errors.  I've also stopped smb, removed /var/cache/samba/wins.dat,
| and restarted smb - but the problem still returns.

Does "nmblookup -U <ip of wins server> -R sardine" succeed?
If not, does restarting nmbd on sardine cause the name to be
reregistered with the WINS server?

cheers, jerry
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