[Samba] Samba server visibility

Ashley M. Kirchner ashley at pcraft.com
Sat Jan 17 15:39:54 GMT 2009

    I must be missing something somewhere.  I can't get our Samba server 
to show up when I look in Network Neighborhood under XP.  If I type in 
\\servername\path, it won't find it, however if I use the IP, it works fine.

    Now, experience tells me that I'm having to type the IP because it's 
not resolving the name.  Well fine, I can fix that, however I don't 
recall doing that in the past, at all.  In fact, we just rebuild a 
server, reinstalled Samba, recovered all the config files from backups, 
and we can't see the server on the network.  Samba's working fine, I can 
get to the server by using it's IP, but resolving the name is a no-go.  
Prior to rebuilding the machine, I didn't have to put the IP in, it 
simply worked when I typed the server name in.

    I've combed our DNS servers, I've checked the PeeCees, nothing tells 
me that there's a pointer anywhere that resolves the (Samba) server 
name.  So, what am I missing here?

    Samba version 3.2.7-0.25 on FC10.

    Config below:

   workgroup = PUBGROUP
   server string = LiF
   security = share
   hosts allow = 192.168.5. 127.
   load printers = no
   disable spoolss = yes
   printcap name = /dev/null
   printing = bsd
   log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
   max log size = 50
   interfaces =
   local master = no
   wins support = no
   dns proxy = no
   smb ports = 139

   comment = LiF Public FTP
   browseable = yes
   writable = yes
   path = /mnt/lif/pubftp
   guest ok = yes
   public = yes
   read only = no
   force user = pubftp
   force group = pubftp
   create mask = 0777
   directory mask = 0777
   locking = no

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