[Samba] Samba WINS issues over VPN
gaiseric.vandal at gmail.com
Thu Mar 3 07:27:03 MST 2011
Thanks for the suggestion. Do you use OpenVPN- if you do then I can
be fairly confident that the issue is related with Sonicwall. Ripping
out and replacing my existing VPN infrastructure however is not an easy
The practical problem is that I have an issue with accessing sone Samba
server over VPN by name. Every other samba or windows server is
fine. I can't quite figure out what is wrong with the one samba
server (I have another post to the forums on this) but if I could get
WINS working over VPN that would probably resolve the problem. I will
open up the issue with Sonicwall support.
At least, in theory, it sounds like WINS should work over VPN.
On 03/03/2011 05:18 AM, Daniel Müller wrote:
> Openvpn should work this issue.
> EDV Daniel Müller
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> Von: samba-bounces at lists.samba.org [mailto:samba-bounces at lists.samba.org] Im
> Auftrag von Gaiseric Vandal
> Gesendet: Mittwoch, 2. März 2011 20:44
> An: Samba
> Betreff: [Samba] Samba WINS issues over VPN
> I am running Samba 3.4.8 as a PDC on Solaris 10. I recently made this
> the WINS master- previously the BDC (Samba 3.0.37 on another Solaris 10
> I also use Sonicwall ipsec VPN for remote access (Windows XP clients.)
> The sonicwall client creates a virtual NIC on the client so that the
> client can have an IP address directly on the company LAN (ie. the same
> LAN as the samba servers.) I can, via dhcp, assign the WINS server IP
> to the sonicwall clients.
> All ports should be open through the firewall between the sonicwall
> client NIC and the corporate LAN. VPN clients can map network drives
> to windows or samba servers over the VPN. NetBIOS broadcasts may be
> It appears to that WINS functionality does not work over VPN. There
> are two pieces of evidence:
> 1. No Wins.dat registration over VPN.
> On the WINS server, I can view look at the wins.dat file to see which
> machines registered with the wins server. If I connect from an XP
> laptop over the VPN, I do not see the machine in wins.dat. (It does get
> added to browse.dat.)
> 2. NBlookup fails over VPN.
> Microsoft provides a tool called "nblookup" for doing NetBios name
> lookups by querying a name server. You can optionally specify the
> WINS server if the client is not configured to use one, or it you want
> to query a different WINS server.
> e.g nblookup SOMEMACHINE
> nblookup -s IP_OF_WINS_SERVER SOMEMACHINE
> If the XP laptop is connected directly to the corporate LAN, nblookup
> works fine. If the XP laptop is connected via VPN, then nblookup
> fails, even if I specify the wins server IP address. I tried this with
> both the current WINS server as well as the old WINS server (prior to
> the cutover.)
> I would appreciate advice.
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