[Samba] Browsing across networks

Alexander Lazarevich alazarev at itg.uiuc.edu
Tue May 10 16:40:25 GMT 2005

On Tue, 10 May 2005, Paul Gienger wrote:

>> [global]
>>    wins support = yes
> Have you pointed your machines at this one for their wins server?  This
> is crucial.  As an alternative, have you looked at the remote sync
> related parameters?

Yes. XP clients WINS settings are pointing to the samba server. I've also 
tried not using samba as a WINS server, pointing both samba and XP clients 
to other WINS servers in the WAN, but that doesn't work either.

Thanks for the tip though. Any more?


>> 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.
>> Alex
>> 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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