[Samba] Windows client with two NICs

Timothy Madden terminatorul at gmail.com
Mon Dec 5 12:27:19 MST 2011


I have a Windows 7 SP1 computer at work, and I want to connect to a 
different subnet over an OpenVPN connection.

First I have this question: if I have a Windows client with two NICs, 
each one with its own sub-net ( and and no 
routing, should I be able to see and ping all samba computer names from 
both networks ?

I am asking because the network is the virtual (OpenVPN) 
network, with only two nodes: my computer and the VPN server. The VPN 
server has computer name 'console', and has samba 3.033-3.29.el5_7.4 on 
CentOS 5.7. From within its own sub-net, where all nodes run smb/nmb and 
use wins for name resolving, I can `ping console´ successfully and the 
name is found. However from my computer, on the same (virtual) network 
as console, computer name console is no longer found. Do I have to do 
something for my Windows client to see the computer names from both 
networks ?

Also, I would like to have all the samba computer names from the VPN 
server network,, visible on my windows client. Can I set 
broadcast propagation somehow so the names from network 
are visible on the network ?

Everyone says that over routed networks I can use a WINS server for name 
resolution, and of course as soon as I set up the samba server running 
on the VPN server machine as a WINS server, and set the openvpn built-in 
DHCP server to announce it to the clients, the names became visible 
(although look-up is very slow). However the VPN server network is a 
small one (8 computers) and I would like not to set up any of them as a 
server, so I would like a decentralized (broadast) way to make the names 
visible to my Windows 7 client through VPN.

Thank you,
Timothy Madden

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