[Samba] Problem with Remote Announce

Nick Howitt n1ck.h0w1tt at gmail.com
Sat Nov 10 01:44:57 MST 2012


I've been running Samba 3.5.18 on ClearOS 5.2 for a while now. I have a 
server on its own LAN's ( and and an IPSec 
VPN through to The remote LAN is just one machine on 
the other side of a router. I've been successfully seeing its netbios 
name and I've been able to ping the remote PC by name and browse it and 
vice versa. A few weeks ago I upgraded to ClearOS 6.3 with Samba 3.6.7 
and with the same config I can no longer use the remote PC's name or 
browse it. Both ends of the VPN are on the same Workgroup.

I believe these are the relevant bits of smb.conf:

# General
netbios name = Server
workgroup = HOME
server string = Server

# Network
bind interfaces only = yes
interfaces = lo eth2 eth1
smb ports = 139 445

wins support = Yes
wins server =

# Other
preferred master = Yes
domain master = Yes
remote announce =
hosts allow =

With 3.6.7 I also use:

max protocol = SMB2

The remote PC is running WinXP.

In my log files in /var/log/samba I see logs for mum-blue - the remote 
PC - as it connects to a shared drive. On the XP machine I am forcing it 
yo use NetBIOS over TCP/IP and its WINS server entry is pointing to my 
server. Its firewall is open to UDP/TCP 137-139 and 445. The PC is on

Have I got something wrong or is there a problem with Samba?



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