[Samba] WINS server DMB and LMBs not communicating across subnet toupdate browse lists?

tms3 at tms3.com tms3 at tms3.com
Thu Jun 17 20:00:53 MDT 2010

> Referencing: 
> http://www.linuxtopia.org/online_books/network_administration_guides/samba_reference_guide/17_NetworkBrowsing_34.html
> I've got two subnets ( and All the machines 
> on both subnets are running XP Home or Pro and are all part of the 
> same workgroup (WORKGROUP).
> I've added an OpenSUSE box on x.x.2.1 and have set it as the WINS 
> server with a very simple smb.conf, seen below:


man smb.conf


remote announce =
remote browse sync =

Applicable to routed subnet WINS NETBiOS resolution.

> [global]
> workgroup = WORKGROUP
> netbios name = SSDS
> interfaces = eth0, localhost
> bind interfaces only = yes
> security = share
> client lanman auth = yes
> log level = 2
> log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
> name resolve order = wins bcast
> os level = 69
> preferred master = yes
> domain master = yes
> wins support = yes
> hosts allow = 192.168.2. 192.168.1.
> Both routers on the network are set to provide the IP of the samba-box 
> as the WINS server, and all PCs on both subnets have it. All PCs on 
> both subnets can now resolve names by NetBIOS name, and can map drives 
> based on that.
> So I set it all up and then force an election by restarting the 
> then-current local master browser on the remote subnet.
> The Problem is that none of the PCs on either side are getting updated 
> My Network Places entries. I've got wireshark on both segments 
> watching broadcast traffic, and wireshark running on the server 
> reading all it's traffic, and I'm seeing no communication between the 
> samba-box and the elected LMB on the other subnet except for a 
> registration and response from the PCs that lose the election and win 
> the election, but neither they nor any other PC on that subnet appear 
> in the 'local' subnet, or vice versa. Both subnets settle down into 
> regular host announcements.
> One intriguing thing I notice, name queries on the remote subnet come 
> through to the samba-box and are answered, but right after that answer 
> the requesting machine will also request the backup list.
> So why aren't the machines updating their browse lists, on either 
> side? How do I tell what browse list the WINS server is distributing? 
> Why aren't my local systems asking for a browse list?
> Thanks for your help in advance.
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