[Samba] Netbios over VPN

Andrew Mark andrewm at aimsystems.ca
Thu Jul 5 08:30:08 MDT 2012

I am attempting to utilize BackupPC on a Fedora 14 server to backup a remote client.
As I understand, it's primary mechanism for finding clients is performing a nmblookup <clientname>
This works fine for computers connected to the local network.
My issue is extending ?Samba's? search to encompass our other network - the point-to-point VPNs
Using OpenVPN, we have a number of road warriors who connect their VPN to gain access to the samba server.
Each has a unique static IP address in the 10.30.251 range and when connected, I can find them but not samba
#> ping john_laptop
--- john.inspirah.com ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2001ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 9.900/14.764/24.388/6.805 ms

#> nmblookup john_laptop
querying john_laptop on
querying john_laptop on
name_query failed to find name john_laptop

How to I configure Samba or whatever Linux service is necessary to query the network as well



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