[Samba] Xp-pc's disappear in Network Neighborhood

Kirk Shimek Kirk.Shimek at TRW.COM
Wed Oct 5 14:35:49 GMT 2005

This sounds like it might be a "browser master server" war.
Anyone else agree / disagree.
In a Microsoft network using WINS, any computer starting on the network requests (yells on the network) for who is the "Browse Master Server."  If no "Browse Master" responds within a timout period, then that computer (could be an Server O.S. or Even Client O.S.) broadcasts that it is the "Browse Master" and takes over / answers any other computers requesting the address for the "Browse Master." 
What we've done is via login scripts / or domain MS AD policy, is to disable (a registry edit) all clients from becoming a "Browse Master Server."  Then allow a single server in every designated subnet (xxx.xxx.xxx.0 through xxx.xxx.xxx.254) to be the "Browse Master."
I might be way off with this idea since I'm not a SAMBA guru.  Just my 2 cents.
Kirk Shimek

>>> Bjørn Fahnøe <bf at bf-data.dk> 10/05/05 2:41 AM >>>

I have this problem. Window Xp machines show up in Network neighborhood 
when they are started but after some time (20 minutes or more) they 
I can find them with search computer.
Mapped network drives still work.
They reappear if I restart the pc
They reappear if I restart Samba

Its only a small home network so I do not log in to a domain.

Whats going on?????

My samba.conf
# Global parameters
    log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
    ldap ssl = no
    socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
    printer name = Epson
    domain master = Yes
    map to guest = Bad User
    printer admin = @adm
    wins support = true
    dns proxy = No
    netbios name = BF-SERVER
    server string = Samba Server %v
    workgroup = BFHJEMME
    os level = 35
    unix charset = ISO8859-1
    max log size = 50
    comment = Home Directories
    read only = No
    browseable = No

    comment = All Printers
    path = /var/spool/samba
    create mask = 0700
    guest ok = Yes
    printable = Yes
    use client driver = Yes
    browseable = No

    path = /var/lib/samba/printers
    write list = @adm, root
    inherit permissions = Yes
    guest ok = Yes

    path = /var/Alle
    read only = No
    create mask = 0777
    directory mask = 0777
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