[Samba] netbios aliases question

daniel.jarboe at custserv.com daniel.jarboe at custserv.com
Fri Mar 12 20:21:23 GMT 2004

Samba 3.0.2a, two servers, each with a netbios name that matches their
hostname.  The idea was to have two servers live all the time, with the
same printer drivers installed, and we could have the clients hitting
one or the other via a netbios alias.

I set up the netbios alias in smb.conf and dns cname, and at first
things appeared to work.  If a client installed a printer using the
netbios alias, it said "Printername on Alias" ... a few days later,
however, when clients install a printer from the alias it says
"Printername on Real-Server-Name" though they use the alias.  Nothing
changed in the configuration; I'm not sure what could cause this change
in behavior.  But now I worry that even though the clients installed the
printers from the alias, if Settings... Printers and Faxes shows the
real server name, if we change the alias and cname to point to a
different server the clients will still hit the old one.

Am I misusing netbios aliases, or should this work?  Is there something
else I am missing?

~ Daniel


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