[Samba] Active Directory share strange issue

Thomas Schulz schulz at adi.com
Wed Mar 12 11:49:43 MDT 2014

Let me add a little more what I have found here.

When using Samba 4.1.* as just a file server you run it the same way as
you did for Samba 3. That is you run the smbd and nmbd daemons. The smbd
daemon provides the file serving and the nmbd daemon provides the browsing.
The nmbd daemon also does some other stuff.

When using Samba 4.1.* as an Active Directory Domain Controller you instead
run just the samba daemon. The samba daemon will then run the smbd daemon to
provide a file server. It does not run the nmbd daemon, so no browsing is
available. Some of the other stuff that the nmbd daemon did is now done by
the samba daemon.

In another mail thread someone said that they were running the nmbd daemon
and the samba daemon together and that allowed browsing to work on a
Domain Controller. One of the samba developers joined the discussion and
said that you should not do that. The nmbd daemon and the samba daemon will
both be trying to do that other stuff and that in time things will get
messed up.

It may be that Samba 4.2.*, which is what you get from the git master, is
going to add browsing to a Domain Controller. If so, that might be why you
had browsing working. Or perhaps you somehow had a nmbd daemon running for

Tom Schulz
Applied Dynamics Intl.
schulz at adi.com

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