[Samba] Browsing across networks

Alexander Lazarevich alazarev at itg.uiuc.edu
Tue May 10 15:25:02 GMT 2005


My setup is: samba-3.0.10-1.4E on RHEL4-AS, smb.conf:

    workgroup = blah
    username map = /etc/samba/smbusers
    map to guest = Bad User
    logon drive = z:
    logon path =
    logon script = test-logon.bat
    security = user
    encrypt passwords = yes
    server string = blah Samba Domain
    netbios name = blah
    add machine script = /usr/sbin/useradd  -c Machine -d /var/lib/nobody 
-s /bin/false %m
    domain master = yes
    domain logons = yes
    local master = yes
    preferred master = yes
    wins support = yes
    hosts allow = xxxx...
    os level = 65
    log level = 3
    max log size = 0
    log file = /var/log/samba/mxxx-samba.log

I have a similar problem, except I'm not going through a VPN, I'm in a 
university WAN. My samba PDC cannot get the browse list of any domains 
outside of my subnet. I've gotten some responses saying you should just be 
able to see the browse list no problem, others saying they can't see the 
browse list. Documentation on this is terrible. Commands I've used to 
troubleshoot are: findsmb, nmblookup and smbclient -L, but all they tell 
me is what I already know: my nmbd cannot get the browse list from any 
domains outside of my own subnet yet still in the WAN. Interestingly, I 
have an NT 4 PDC on the same subnet which can do exactly that: it see's 
every domain in the WAN. In all other respects samba PDC works perfectly, 
but if I can't fix this browse list issue, we can't replace our windows 
PDC with samba.

If you find the solution, please let me know. I'll do the same. If you 
find any additional troublshooting tools, please let me know.


On Tue, 10 May 2005, Craig Main wrote:

> Hi All,
> I have a openvpn setup between two Linux boxes. The internal networks
> on each side are on seperate network ranges.
> I can ping all boxes from either side, and if I search for a box using
> it's ip address, I can see the box and access it's shares.
> What I would like to do however is to be able to see the the pc's in
> their workgroups (each subnet has it's own workgroup).
> I have tried setting up each samba box as a wins server for it's own
> workgroup, and then pointed the pc's on the other network to use it as
> its wins server, this didn't seen to work either.
> Can anyone help in this regard, what else should I do?
> Regards
> Craig
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