[Samba] Re: WINS over subnets

Edmundo Valle Neto edmundo.valle at terra.com.br
Fri Sep 29 18:34:15 GMT 2006

Hoggins! escreveu:
> chris barry a écrit :
>> On Thu, 2006-09-28 at 19:00 +0200, Hoggins! wrote:
>> does the WINS server have a route to this wireless net, or is it
>> responding out the default gateway?
>> have you tcpdumped the interfaces on anything yet?
> All the routes are static, and the two hosts can ping each other 
> without problems. The routing works perfectly fine.
> Having tcpdumped a bit what was going on, I could only figure that the 
> machines are correctly registering to the server, and the servers 
> responds that it's okay.
> The real problem is that it simply does not fill the browse.dat file 
> with other entries than itself and the WinXP box that is on the same 
> subnet.

    Take a look at the chapter of the samba book about cross-subnet 
browsing, who maintains the browse list is the domain master browser, 
each subnet must have a local master browser to maintain the browse  
list for its own network segment and it will sync the list with the 
domain master browser of the network. In browse.dat only should appear 
machines that have some service to offer to the network.
    What is the behavior of your network? Each network only shows its 
own machines? i.e. Wireless clients only sees each others and samba only 
sees one XP machine? Wireless clients cannot see the samba server at all?

> With a closer look to wins.dat, I can see that all the machines are 
> present, and have the correct IP addresses.

Wins not only holds the IP address but the roles that these addresses 
have in the network.
Like: "WORKGROUP#1b" ... 1b = Domain Master Browser, and WINS clients 
access this information to know where they shoul authenticate, sync 
their browse lists, etc.

Theres some options to force syncs and announces to other networks too, 
but I never needed to use them, even in that type of situation with 
> So my personal conclusion is that there is a misconfiguration of samba 
> somewhere, that makes it generate a browse list only for it's own 
> subnet. I think it's weird.
> Thanks for helping


Edmundo Valle Neto

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