[Samba] Browsing Network Places

Brian McGrew brian at visionpro.com
Fri Nov 12 20:44:00 MST 2010

Good evening all...

I know this question has probably come up a thousand times before but I
can¹t find my answer and I¹ve searched the net high and low, been through
the books I have and even took a trip through the Samba source code and I¹m
not finding my answers, so maybe someone more with Samba and Active
Directory knowledge than I can help!

I¹m running 3.5.6 on CentOS 5.5 and my configuration file is inline below.
The Samba server itself is working.  From Windows, Mac or Linux (smbclient)
I can connect to the UNC just fine (\\server\share) and read/write with no
problems.  But when I pop open Network Places I can¹t see the Samba server.
All the other Windows servers I have show up in Network Places including a
Netgear NAS and a printer that has a SMB share on it.

Some details about my network:

... I am not using WINS.
... NetBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled.
... DNS is configured correctly and the fully (un)qualified server name can
be resolved.
... I can ping everything from anywhere in all directions.
... Adding disable wins and/or disable netbios to smb.conf does not make any
kind of a difference.
... Net ads join was successful, net ads testjoin work and all the wbinfo
commands work just fine.
... I¹m using Winbind of the Linux box to pick up AD users and uid¹s and
that¹s all working.
... I have a single AD 2008 domain controller.
... The domain passes dcdiag.
... I would prefer not to run a WINS server if I don¹t have to.
... Yes I know it can take a long time for the computer browser to update

You might see some strange stuff in my configuration file but the intended
use of this particular machine is to be one of many in a cluster; I just
haven¹t gotten that far yet.  Remember, it¹s working, I just can¹t browse
it.  So, any help that anyone can offer is greatly welcomed.

The quicker I can get this working, the better off I¹ll be!



    workgroup = 8950HIX
    netbios name = smbserver
    server string = GPFS Samba Server %v
    password server = *
    realm = 8950HIX.COM
    security = ADS
    idmap uid = 20000-30000
    idmap gid = 20000-30000
    template shell = /bin/bash
    template homedir = /gpfs/home/%D/%U
    winbind use default domain = Yes
    winbind offline logon = no
    winbind nested groups = Yes
    winbind nss info = rfc2307
    encrypt passwords = yes
    log level = 3
    log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
    idmap backend = tdb2
    fileid:mapping = fsname
    use mmap = no
    vfs objects = gpfs, fileid
    gpfs:sharemodes = No
    force unknown acl user = Yes
    nfs4: mode = special
    nfs4: chown = yes
    nfs4: acedup = merge
    auth methods = guest, sam, winbind
    max log size = 50
    load printers = No
    os level = 0
    local master = No
    domain master = No
    preferred master = no
    dns proxy = No
    passdb backend = tdbsam
    idmap backend = ad
    comment = Home Directories
    path = /gpfs/home/%D/%U
    browseable = no
    writable = yes

    comment = GPFS Filesystem
    path = /gpfs
    browseable = yes
    writable = yes

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