[Samba] Browsing list problem

Nathan Vidican nvidican at wmptl.com
Thu Mar 17 13:30:51 GMT 2005

Hey all, bit of an odd problem here; perhaps you can help:

First off, we've got two samb a servers; one acting as a PDC, and the other
a BDC, both share the same dat, (they sync data back and forth to each other
using rsync for backups). Both access LDAP for users and passwords from
LDAP. WINS runs only on the first server, and the static entries are in the
wins database file for both servers.

When the user logs into the domain, (to which all users do), their login
script maps drives to shares on both machines - all works well.

When going to explorer, explorer \\server and \\server2 both show up and
work fine. The problem being, when one browses the network neighborhood,
only the first (PDC) server shows up, on any computer. WINS resolution still
points to it when one asks for the second server (ie: ping server2 works),
but the second server doesn't show up in the list of computers in the
domain? Also - domain logons don't seem to process at all on the BDC
(second) server; from my understanding of NT networking, should all the
logons not attempt to use the BDC first?

I just assumed since the BDC not showing up in the browsing lists as such,
that perhaps it's not being seen as a BDC on the network, and as such is not
processing the domain logons. (All profiles/user homedirs are stored and
mapped to server2 currently, even though logon script is executing from

Nathan Vidican
nvidican at wmptl.com
Windsor Match Plate & Tool Ltd.

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