[Samba] Samba3 - small lan 
John H Terpstra
jht at Samba.Org
Fri Jun 24 16:07:51 GMT 2005
On Friday 24 June 2005 09:47, Serge Naggar wrote:
> I have posted to this list once before without any reply. It would be
This is a volunteer list. Most of us on the list are very busy with our day
jobs. Not every posting gets attention. That is the way it is with free
> nice if some reply could indicate why the posting was not appropriate
> and some indication as to what one should do - the last time I included
> my smbconf. This time I have reworked my questions, limited their scope
> , and put them in two emails.
> I have two essentially identical linux computers [east and west] both
> running Samba 3.0.9-2.6-suse with Suse linux pro 9.1 on a two machine
> lan - [east & west] connected by a hub.
> I am using `The Official Samba-3 HowTo & ref guide by Terpstra et al' as
> my samba reference.
I am delighted to see my work being used. I would refer you to the book
"Samba-3 by Example" as a more appropriate text for examples of how to deploy
Samba. The HOWTO is a to a large extent a mechanic's manual.
You can obtain a copy of the Samba-3 by Example (S3bE) book from:
> Currently I cannot get the lan to work; the machines are not `seeing'
> each other even though they can ping each other.
There can be 1000 reasons for this. Suggest you follow the configuration
examples in the S3bE - they are known to work and have been validated by
dozens of reviewers from newbie to old-hand.
> 1. Testparm, on both machines, shows no error but the server role =
> ROLE_STANDALONE. I expected it to identify itself as principal server?
That depends on what you want to do! A stand-alone server does not provide
network logon services. That means it is not a PDC.
> a. Am I correct in assuming that both machines will act as
> server AND lient?
Sure. Samba server includes: nmbd/smbd/winbindd - these are the servers
Samba's client is: smbclient
Please do not refer to smbfs's friends as Samba. The tools smbmount,
smbumount, et al. are really part of the smbfs kernel driver package. The
user-space tools are shipped with Samba because they use common libraries
> b. Is this is a valid setup?
That depends on what you want to do.
> 2. a. As the partitions of both computers are the same should I
> slightly change the title names in each smb.conf - [e.g., homes and
> homesw; data and dataw; etc.] to avoid confusing samba's config [titles]
> even though the machines are given different names: east and west or can
> I have the smb.conf titles be the same for both machines except for the
> `east and west' names?
The [homes] stanza in the smb.conf is not a share, it is a meta-service that
auto-creates user home shares. If you rename it the renamed version is a
share, not a meta-service.
> b. Should the names of the partitions [/mnt/data, etc.] remain
> the same or must they be changed?
Why do you think the partitions may need to be changed?
> 3. Are there other test functions which I could use to find out
> what the problems are?
Best advice is to follow S3bE examples step-by-step.
- John T.
John H Terpstra
Phone: +1 (650) 580-8668
The Official Samba-3 HOWTO & Reference Guide, ISBN: 0131453556
Samba-3 by Example, ISBN: 0131472216
Hardening Linux, ISBN: 0072254971
Other books in production.
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