[Samba] Cross-subnet browsing with LMBs + remote browse sync + samba4WINS

vagy vagy at freemail.gr
Sun Feb 24 09:28:03 MST 2013

On Sun, 24 Feb 2013 17:36:56 +0200, TAKAHASHI Motonobu <monyo at monyo.com>  

> From: vagy <vagy at freemail.gr>
> Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2013 13:34:37 +0200
>> i am about to implement cross subnet browsing/sharing
>> and I was wondering if the following configuration
>> would do it, so i would like your opinion:
>> 1. There are two subnets separated by a simple router (no firewalls)
>> 2. Each subnet will have a mixture of Win7/WinXP and Linux hosts.
>> 3. Each subnet will have its own Samba3 LMB (but not DMB)
>> and its own samba4WINS server. Each client host in each subnet
>> will be DHCP configured with their respective WINS server.
>> The LMB will also be configured to use the samba4WINS server.
>> 4. The two samba3 LMB servers will "remote browse sync" with each other.
>> Thats how the browse lists will be exchanged.
>> 5. The two samba4WINS servers will replicate with each other.
>> Thats how the host names will be exchanged.
>> Do you think that will turn out to be a working configuration?
> As far as I examined, "remote browse sync" did not work as I expected.
> Sample smb.conf that I examined the behavior is:
> -----
> [global]
>   workgroup = SAMBAxx
>   domain master = yes
>   wins support = yes
>   remote browse sync = x.x.x.x
> -----
> Samba has to be WINS server and DMB.
> ---
> TAKAHASHI Motonobu <monyo at monyo.com> / @damemonyo
>                    facebook.com/takahashi.motonobu

I don't have much experience with these settings myself.
Nevertheless, i think "domain master = yes" and "remote browse sync"
shouldn't be used together. If you use a DMB and WINS thats all
that is needed because LMB(s) will find out the one and only
DMB through WINS, they will exchange lists with it and they
will serve this "full list" to interested clients, which themselves
will resolve (find the IP) the actual share machines through WINS
(if i am wrong in this thinking please someone correct me).

The setup i am wondering about has more to do with isolating
the two subnets and making them more autonomous, so that clients
 from one subnet don't rely on servers from a remote subnet.
Instead the information exchange happens only via the explicitly  
key-participant machines (LMBs and samba4WINSs).
Thanx for the info anyways :)

- vagy

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