[Samba] Browsing across networks

Alexander Lazarevich alazarev at itg.uiuc.edu
Tue May 10 18:09:40 GMT 2005

On Tue, 10 May 2005, John H Terpstra wrote:

> On Tuesday 10 May 2005 10:40, Alexander Lazarevich wrote:
>> 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.
> What other WINS servers do you have? How is WINS replication configured?

We currently have one wins server in our subnet, that is the samba PDC 
(when it's wins support = yes). Before I set up samba as a PDC WINS 
server, there were 0 wins servers in our subnet. I prefer not to have a 
wins server in our subnet. Our old NT4 PDC (not a wins server) and XP 
clients have always pointed to wins servers outside our subnet but on our 
WAN, and the NT4 PDC has always kept a perfect browse list of all domains 
in the WAN.

I don't know what wins replication is but now that you've mentioned it 
I'll look into it. Hopefully that's my problem and fixing that will make 
the browse list work correctly.



> - John T.
>> Thanks for the tip though. Any more?
>> Alex
>>>> 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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