[Samba] Windows can see Ubuntu netbios names but not access oreven ping

L.P.H. van Belle belle at bazuin.nl
Wed Dec 10 10:56:05 GMT 2008

this is a dns+dhcp issue what you windows is not resolving. 
your setup is not corrrect. 

Im running firestarter on 4 debian servers here, all have also
samba running it and windows resolves without any problems.

questions about this, email my on belle at bazuin.nl 
I can email you my setup if you want. 


>-----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
>Van: samba-bounces+belle=bazuin.nl at lists.samba.org 
>[mailto:samba-bounces+belle=bazuin.nl at lists.samba.org] Namens 
>Otto Krüse
>Verzonden: 2008-12-10 11:27
>Aan: Volker.Lendecke at sernet.de
>CC: samba at lists.samba.org
>Onderwerp: Re: [Samba] Windows can see Ubuntu netbios names 
>but not access oreven ping
>Thanks for the feedback. I am wondering indeed then how the local
>master browser got wind of it..
>I find out the cause and solution for the problem as well..  turned
>out to be a firewall issue. The system is running Firestarter but also
>Shorewall is installed. Now Shorewall is 'only' a utility to update
>iptables policies and I hadn't actually run it so I figured my
>iptables policy would have remained unchanged. But as it seems the
>installation of shorewall already created some iptables policies... I
>deleted them and set new policies to accept all (and let firestarter
>do the firewalling) and now my windows pc resolves the netbios name of
>the server again. Whoa!
>Interesting to note is that name resolving from other linux machines
>worked ok, e.g. wasn't affected by the iptables policies. Only windows
>machines weren't able to pass through iptables policies for name
>resolving. That's nasty I think, seems to me you would not expect this
>Regards Otto
>On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 10:09 PM, Volker Lendecke
><Volker.Lendecke at sernet.de> wrote:
>> On Tue, Dec 09, 2008 at 03:21:37PM +0100, Otto Krüse wrote:
>>> Here's the funny thing: when my I browse the local network on my
>>> windows machine I can see the server (called ubuntuserver1). So
>>> somehow my windows pc can resolve the name. But when I try to access
>>> it (by double clicking) windows complains it cannot find the name.
>>> Also ping ubuntuserver1 does not work.
>> The fact that "ubuntuserver1" shows up in the list of
>> machines in your workgroup does not mean that you can "see"
>> it yourself. It means that your local master browser somehow
>> got wind of it.
>> Volker
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