[Samba] Samba, IPv6, turning off NetBT and Network discovery

Kevin Keane subscription at kkeane.com
Mon Nov 16 16:21:50 MST 2009

Thanks! Actually, DNS is not enough (I have DNS working), and I think LLMNR also wouldn't be. DNS works well for name resolution if you already know which machine you want to connect to, but it doesn't let the user see all the machines on the network in the network map. From what I understand about LLMNR, it, too only handles name resolution.

After Googling some more with your info as starting point, it seems that in actuality I would need LLTD (Link Layer Topology Discovery).

From: David Holder [mailto:david.holder at erion.co.uk]
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 9:10 AM
To: Kevin Keane
Cc: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: Re: [Samba] Samba, IPv6, turning off NetBT and Network discovery


NetBIOS is IPv4 specific it cannot ever work over IPv6.

What you need is LLMNR (Link local multicast name resolution) or a DNS server. LLMNR is not currently supported by Samba. Although if it is supported by an external NSS module you could use it.

I have a bug in re LLMNR support in Samba; bug 4545.

I'd be interested to hear how you get on.

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Kevin Keane wrote:


I hope this hasn't already been discussed to death, but I didn't find the answer through Google.

In short, my question is: how can I advertise a Samba server through UPnP/Network Discovery? I'm currently using Samba 3.2.6, but should be able to upgrade if needed.

I am trying to build an IPv6-only network, for now just for testing purposes. The problem I am having is that Microsoft no longer supports NetBT on IPv6. Samba itself, of course, works fine over port 445, but without NetBIOS or WINS, there is no mechanism to browse the network (i.e., the list of computers under "Network" is empty).

Microsoft's answer is Network Discovery (the new name for UPnP). Does Samba support UPnP, or how else should I get this to work?



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