[Samba] Re: Help,mix environment browsing

John H Terpstra jht at samba.org
Tue Oct 14 16:21:00 GMT 2003

On Tue, 14 Oct 2003, Larry Liu wrote:

> Thanks, John, for the quick reply.
> My test environment is like you recommended, only one WINS running on
> Samba 3.0.0.  The interesting part is: on the server subnet, we can see
> all the win32 and samba clients from other subnets which have at least
> one samba client on each,  but can not see any subnets that have win32
> clients only.  However, if I go down all those subnets, I can see all
> the win32 and samba clients that are using this only WINS.   Any idea ?

What are your Windows clients? 9x/Me or 2KX/XPP? IT makes a difference.
For Win9x/Me to be visible across the entire network you must export a
share on each. Win 2Kx/XPP should be visible without this hack.

- John T.

> John H Terpstra wrote:
> >On Mon, 13 Oct 2003, Larry Liu wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> >>The How-To writes :  "nmbd can be configured as a WINS server, but it is
> >>not necessary to specifically use Samba as your WINS server. MS Windows
> >>NT4, Server or Advanced Server 200x can be configured as your WINS
> >>server. In a mixed NT/200x server and Samba environment on a Wide Area
> >>Network, it is recommended that you use the Microsoft WINS server
> >>capabilities. In a Samba-only environment, it is recommended that you
> >>use one and only one Samba server as the WINS server." in chapter 10.
> >>
> >>We found that each of our subnets has to have at least one Samba client
> >>pointing to the same Samba WINS server, if we have to make enterprise
> >>WINS(running on Samba 3.0.0) working, in a mixed environment as
> >>described above,  even though all the Win9x,Winnt, Win2k, & XP clients
> >>point to the same Samba WINS server.
> >>
> >>Has anyone had the similar experience? Or, any work-around instead of
> >>using MS WINS server(s)?
> >>
> >>
> >
> >You should be able to run with just one Samba WINS server for your whole
> >network. All clients (Samba as well as Windows) must be configured to use
> >that same WINS server.
> >
> >The reason for the recommendation is that MS Windows based WINS servers
> >typically use WINS-WINS replication protocols that Samba does not support.
> >
> >- John T.
> >
> >

John H Terpstra
Email: jht at samba.org

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