[Samba] Browse list issues with Windows XP

mrojava4 at eastgranby.k12.ct.us mrojava4 at eastgranby.k12.ct.us
Thu Jun 3 00:49:37 GMT 2004

Check out the Computer Description field.  I found that if there is a
special character (single quote) in this field, then the PC would not
display in the browse list.


> To further the discussion (or lack thereof) of the browse list issues
> (systems not showing up in the browse list, even though their shares are
> accessable with //system/sharename) that 5 or 10 people on the list have
> been having over the past month or so...
> I was out to this client the other day, had the opportunity to try the few
> things that had been suggested, all to no avail.  I then proceeded to join
> a
> new machine to the domain, after I had it all set up I happened to stumble
> into Network Neighborhood and to my shock and awe there was the new system
> showing up (along with the server which had always been visible).  The
> other
> workstations are still not visible however.  I went on to the server and
> ran
> smbtree and it happily listed the shares on the server, and on the new
> workstation... but no others.
> There have been no changes to the samba configuration, so that can safely
> be
> eliminated as the cause... likewise both the new and old machines have all
> updates applied, so that reduces (it's microsoft so can't guarantee that
> it
> eliminates completely) the chances that its caused by a microsoft patch.
> I have checked wins.dat and browse.dat (browse.txt, the exact name escapes
> me) and I can't see any obvious differences for the entries for the new
> machine vs. the existing systems.
> This should be relatively easy to troubleshoot now that I have working and
> non-working examples on the same server...  if someone has suggestions of
> where to look?  Is there anything in any of the .tdb files that would have
> any bearing on a machine showing in network neighborhood or not?  A viewer
> to peek at those files and look for any differences at all?  Any ideas?
> Thanks,
>>>>>> Mike <<<<<
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