[Samba] Netbios over VPN

Bob Miller bob at computerisms.ca
Sun Jul 8 16:27:23 MDT 2012


I believe you can use WINS to solve this problem.  It's been a while, my
neurons may be rusty, but I had a similar set up using openswan.  I
believe winbind will do what you want; configure samba to use winbind
and your road warriors with that as their wins server.  If I remember
correctly, the road warriors will register with the winbind server, then
everyone on the network configured to use the winbind server should be
able to find them... 

Check here for better information (or at least a place to start):


On Thu, 2012-07-05 at 10:30 -0400, Andrew Mark wrote:
> 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
> i.e.
> #> 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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