[Samba] Dueling master browsers...

Herb Lewis hlewis at panasas.com
Fri Mar 30 14:41:18 GMT 2007

most often I have seen the dueling master browsers because a
windows machine is running with both TCP/IP and NetBEUI
protocol enabled. Browser elections take place on all
protocols enabled. Since Samba does not respond to the NetBEUI
elections the windows machine will win that one no matter what
OS level is set for Samba. The windows machines have this nasty
habit of thinking if they won one election they should win them
all so they will force another election on TCP/IP. Lather, rinse
and repeat..... :-)

Chris Smith wrote:
> On Thursday 29 March 2007, Chris Smith wrote:
>>On the client:
>>  IsDomainMaster False
> Adding to this. Set both of these under that same tree:
> ================================
> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\Browser\Parameters
> IsDomainMaster FALSE
> MaintainServerList Disabled
> ================================
> I had to do this on a laptop that was not joined to the domain but was in the 
> same workgroup. It was running XP Media Center and it just wouldn't let Samba 
> remain the master browser (despite an OS level of 255).
> Probably most important is to make sure that the client(s) are really using 
> your WINS server (DHCP should assign this) - "ipconfig -all" will provide 
> this info.
> Then use "nbtstat -R" and/or "nbtstat -RR" to reload/ReleaseRefresh the cache. 
> May want to reboot the client as well.
> Chris

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