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

Otto Krüse ottokruse at gmail.com
Wed Dec 10 12:37:53 GMT 2008

Indeed incorrect setup (of the iptables firewall, not of
dns/dhcp/firestarter) but the problem is resolved now I've put
original iptables policy configuration back.

Thanks for the help,
Regards Otto

On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 11:56 AM, L.P.H. van Belle <belle at bazuin.nl> wrote:
> 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.
> Louis
>>-----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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