[Samba] netbios name not found on clients

Nick THOMPSON nickthompson at agere.com
Fri Oct 24 08:45:43 GMT 2003

I've been using Samba for years, though I'm still no expert, and this
one has me stumped:

I have just upgraded from Mandrake9.1->9.2 which changes from Samba
2.2.7a to 2.2.8a. I am using the same smb.conf file (see below). I can
still mount shares okay (though I do have a printing issue I haven't
looked at yet) but only by ip address. e.g \\\nick works but
\\ratbert\nick does not. (BTW I'm using an Ethernet)

On the Linux box:

[nick at ratbert nick]$ nmblookup -M -
querying __MSBROWSE__ on __MSBROWSE__<01> __MSBROWSE__<01>
[nick at ratbert nick]$ nmblookup ratbert
querying ratbert on ratbert<00> ratbert<00>
[nick at ratbert nick]$ nmblookup HOME
querying HOME on HOME<00> HOME<00>
[nick at ratbert nick]$ smbclient //ratbert/nick
added interface ip= bcast= nmask=
Domain=[HOME] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 2.2.8a]
smb: \>

No problems there. Both smbd and nmbd are running. log.nmbd says:

  Samba name server RATBERT is now a local master browser for workgroup
HOME on subnet

So how come I can't use the netbios name from my Win98 box any more?


        netbios name = RATBERT
        workgroup = HOME
        server string = Samba Server %v
        encrypt passwords = Yes
        log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
        max log size = 50
        socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
        printcap name = cups
        dns proxy = No
        printer admin = @adm
        printing = cups
        security = user

        comment = Home Directories
        read only = No
        browseable = No

Nick THOMPSON <nickthompson at agere.com>
Agere Systems

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