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

The Paco the_pacoman at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 18 13:16:44 MDT 2010

Remote Browse Sync doesn't work on windows XP home machines, according to a lot I've read it only works on another Samba server.

Remote Announce works just fine, but the machines on the remote subnet simply broadcast their responding announcements rather than sending them to the server.
Just to make sure, I enabled and configured them both, the Samba server is still getting no return traffic save the occasional name resolution request. Local machines are unable to browse by smb name to the remote network.

From: "tms3 at tms3.com" <tms3 at tms3.com>
To: jpullenmail-samba at yahoo.com
Cc: samba at lists.samba.org
Sent: Thu, June 17, 2010 9:00:53 PM
Subject: Re: [Samba] WINS server DMB and LMBs not communicating across subnet toupdate browse lists?


>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.


>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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