[Samba] NetBIOS over TCP/IP versus direct hosting over TCP/IP

Gerald (Jerry) Carter jerry at samba.org
Wed Mar 24 14:28:48 GMT 2004

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Richard C. Wargo wrote:

| True or False:  SAMBA does not support TCP/IP direct hosting
| as defined by Microsoft.

False -- smbd in Samba 3.0 binds to port 139 and 445
by default.  See the 'smb ports' option in smb.conf(5).

| If I disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP support on a Win2K client,
| I lose visibility to my SAMBA server.  When I re-enable NetBIOS
| over TCP/IP, I can access my SAMBA server.
| Am I missing something?  I am using the 3.0.2a sources.

browsing is different than publishing which is different
connecting.  Samba 3.0 does not support publishing
file shares in AD (you can publish print shares in the
directory).  You should be able to connect using
port 445 without any problem.  If you disable netbios
on your network, the legacy network browsing will not
work either.  This is probably what you are seeing.

cheers, jerry
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