[Samba] Vista over VPN loses connection with workgroup

Rubin Bennett rbennett at thatitguy.com
Tue Jan 15 04:04:33 GMT 2008

On Mon, 2008-01-14 at 19:41 -0800, Florin Andrei wrote:
> Rubin Bennett wrote:
> >>
> > Can you browse by IP address over the re-established VPN?
> I can even browse by \\name
> It's just that the Network window is empty, and when that happens, the 
> system cannot access a printer shared by the WINS server.
> > Have you
> > tried the old ipconfig /flushdns trick either before or after
> > reconnecting the VPN?
> Doesn't make any difference.
> To recap: Samba as a WINS server, there's a Vista client that sometimes 
> loses the Network Neighborhood. It's connected over VPN, but the VPN 
> tunnel itself is solid, that's not the problem. The other end of the 
> tunnel is the WINS server which is also an OpenVPN server.
> Sometimes it works fine though, it sees the Network just fine, it can 
> print, etc. Some other times nothing works. I don't understand what's 
> going on.
> Using samba-3.0.25b on CentOS 5.1 64bit
I assume you can't get to the printer properties or the print server by
UNC?  I can say that I definitely haven't seen this, but at the same
time, I don't know that the majority of my clients who use a Vista/
OpenVPN/ Samba combination would necessarily notice if they couldn't
print over the VPN.

I'll do some checking on my end to see if I can replicate the behavior
anywhere, but I honestly don't know where to go from here... Sporadic
Windows issues give me a consistent headache :)
> -- 
> Florin Andrei
> http://florin.myip.org/
Rubin Bennett
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