[Samba] Re: Shares Work, Browsing Doesn't

Ben benclient at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 23 23:12:49 GMT 2006

I'am not sure whether it works. But you may try.

change the "os level=65" to "os level=100". (restart smb)
disable the "browse list backup" service in WinXP box. (restart winxp)

"Hal Vaughan" <hal at thresholddigital.com> 
???????:200610230411.55084.hal at thresholddigital.com...
> On Monday 23 October 2006 03:20, you wrote:
>> > I just want Windows users to see each Samba server and be able to
>> > click through to find the shares and click on the shares to open
>> > them.
>> Having servers disappear from the browse list is normally related to
>> the nameserver daemon.  Are you running nmbd as well as smbd?  smbd
>> provides the files, nmbd provides the list of computers.
> It's running.  I forgot to give full info, but this is on Debian Sarge
> and installed with aptitude, so it automatically set it up to use smbd
> and nmbd.
>> Given that nmbd also uses broadcasts, you might want to make sure
>> that broadcasts are definitely reaching all the PCs.
>> >         browseable = yes
>> >         guest ok = true
> Okay, they're gone.
>> These two are only supposed to go into a share definition, I'd remove
>> them from the main config file just in case.
>> >         domain master = Yes
> Removed as well, still left in
> local master = yes
> preferred master = yes
>> I'd also disable this if you don't want domain logons - I wouldn't be
>> surprised if this does funny things with WINS and affects browsing on
>> client PCs.
>> The rest of your config looks fine.  I'd make sure nmbd is running,
>> and then look at network issues to make sure broadcasts are reaching
>> the clients.
> Double checked with ps -ax.  It's running/
>> If your network is at you can "ping" to
>> send a broadcast packet.  In theory you should get replies from many
>> PCs, but you may only get responses from Linux PCs, I don't think
>> Windows replies to a broadcast ping.  Either way at least one
>> response from a different PC should indicate broadcasts are working.
> I got responses on a broadcast ping from several computers.
>> If you have another Linux PC you can also try using "nmblookup" to
>> see if Linux can get a list of names too.
> Tried that. Tried:
> nmblookup -M server
> and I got:
> querying server on
> name_query failed to find name server#1d
> (That's a 1d, as in ONE-d, not an "ell".)
> I also restarted after the config changes, with no effect.
> Thanks for the suggestions!
> Hal
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