[Samba] Re: Lost All Win95 connections to Samba

Miguel Da Silva cibonato at fcien.edu.uy
Sun Aug 6 23:36:20 GMT 2006

On Fri, 04 Aug 2006 19:05:21 -0400
Gary Dale <garydale at torfree.net> wrote:

> Douglas D Germann Sr wrote:
> > <<Gary Dale <garydale <at> torfree.net> writes:
> >   
> >> I'm wondering at this point about the difference in the handling of 
> >> DNS/WINS between Win95 and WinXP. Normally, XP is the fussier of the 
> >> two, but ...
> >>
> >> With a separate switch and router, and a router normally providing DNS 
> >> services, perhaps you are having a problem in that area. You can ping 
> >> google, presumably from the name and not the ip address, so your DNS is 
> >> likely working.
> >>
> >> It appears your switch is working. You can ping between stations OK.
> >>
> >> You may need WINS services running to get Win95 to connect to Samba 
> >> properly. That's what I'd concentrate on.
> >>     
> >
> >
> > Gary--
> >
> > Thanks, especially for your reasoning through this for me.
> >
> > I am wondering if my local computer hardware dealer and repair folks
> > might be able to test the switch and router to see if there are problems.
> >
> > Yes, I did ping google from the name.
> >
> > OK, I'll go look for a howto on WINS and see what that takes. Perhaps it is
> > just a Synaptic install.
> >
> > In the meantime, does it make sense that it needs WINS if it just stopped
> > working one night? Now granted it has only been on this server for about 2-3 
> > weeks. 
> >
> > Before that I had another server, an older red hat 9.0 box. Maybe I could try
> > getting that box back up and running and see if Win95 can still connect to it.
> >
> > Thanks, Gary!
> >
> > :- Doug.
> >
> >   
> WINS is the Windows Internet Name Service - it is similar to DNS but 
> different enough to cause problems. Samba handles WINS differently, so 
> searching for WINS won't work. And I don't have anything old enough to 
> test from here. However, you could look at winbind or nsswitch 
> configuration. Possibly it's just a matter of starting winbind...
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Finally Microsoft could make WINS work correctly, but it's too late since one can use SMB directly over TCP/IP.

I think you can use the lmhosts file (lmhost, lsmhosts or somethink like that, I don't remember right now). This file is similar to /etc/hosts; each file containing an "netbios name -> IP" relation. If you do not use DHCP it could help you.

I had some problems with a Samba server at work; I used IPTables to set the firewall and the opened all the ports needed by Windows (135, 137, 138, 139 and 445) and the problems persist. It was a kind of "netbios name resolution problem". The lmhosts file solved the problem, you have to set this file at each Windows client.


Miguel Da Silva.
Servicio de Informatica.
Facultad de Ciencias.

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