[Samba] Home Lan computer browser(s)
michaelh at jaswin.com.au
Wed Jun 4 06:44:39 GMT 2008
Skip Guenter wrote:
> */1) //Should I have more than one "computer browser" on my lan
> /*/(~16 machines)/*/?/*
> I'd read someplace that I should have 1 primary and 1 backup computer
> browser for up to 32 computers and then another backup browser for
> each additional 32 computers.
Do you know where you heard this? I've never heard of it and it seems
wrong. As I understand it there is only the master browser role there is
no concept of a "backup", in the event that the master goes down there
is a new election and a new master is chosen. In any case 32 users is
ridiculous there are people out there supporting thousands of users, I
can guarantee they don't have one server per 32 users.
> os level = nnn (0 to 255)
> preferred master = yes/no
> domain master = yes/no
> local master = yes/no
All of these are fairly well explained in the man page.
OS level should be higher for the more reliable/important machine *IF*
you have a reason to change it, the defaults will be fine for 99% of cases.
Preferred master use this if it is important that one machine is the
master (i.e. if you have a domain) don't set it on more than one machine.
Domain master is only needed if your network spreads across multiple
subnets. You should only have one per workgroup/domain.
Local master this is only really needed if you have a machine that you
definitely don't want to be in charge of anything, otherwise the default
of yes is fine.
*Michael Heydon - IT Administrator *
michaelh at jaswin.com.au <mailto:michaelh at jaswin.com.au>
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