[Samba] Windows 7 can't see Pi Samba server

DavidA dandbnews2 at talktalk.net
Fri Dec 18 19:46:00 UTC 2015


I'm still struggling with this problem.  Here is my situation:

I have two Windows 7 laptops, call them A and B, and a Raspberry Pi Samba 
server on a home network, all with the same workgroup name.  The Pi's name 
is RPHS.

A and B can see each other (their names appear under Network in Explorer on 
both laptops).

Both A and B can access the Pi if I specify the IP Address in Explorer.

The Pi's name appears only in A (under Network).

On B, if I execute:

nbtstat -a RPHS

I get 'Host not found'.

(On A RPHS is resolved correctly).

I don't understand Windows networking well enough to debug this.  Should I 
be using NetBios? Should I be using WINS?  If yes/no, how do I 
enable/disable them?

I would greatly appreciate some help. I am close to pulling my hair out!

Best regards


-----Original Message----- 
From: Rowland penny
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 9:59 AM
To: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: Re: [Samba] Windows 7 can't see Pi Samba server

On 13/12/15 09:36, DavidA wrote:
> Hi
> Here's some more info about my problem:
> ==========================================
> log.nmbd contains:
>  Samba name server RPHS is now a local master browser for workgroup HOME 
> on subnet
>  *****
> [2015/12/12 20:48:19.709456,  0] 
> ../source3/nmbd/nmbd_browsesync.c:354(find_domain_master_name_query_fail)
>  find_domain_master_name_query_fail:
>  Unable to find the Domain Master Browser name HOME<1b> for the workgroup 
>  Unable to sync browse lists in this workgroup.
> [2015/12/12 20:48:28.490472,  0] 
> ../source3/nmbd/nmbd_incomingdgrams.c:311(process_local_master_announce)
>  process_local_master_announce: Server BELSIE-PC at IP is 
> announcing itself as a local master browser for workgroup HOME and we 
> think we are master. Forcing election.
> [2015/12/12 20:48:28.491628,  0] 
> ../source3/nmbd/nmbd_become_lmb.c:150(unbecome_local_master_success)
>  *****
>  Samba name server RPHS has stopped being a local master browser for 
> workgroup HOME on subnet
> ==========================================
> RPHS is the rpi. BELSIE-PC is the pc which does not show the rpi.
> The Domain Master Browser seems to change frequently. Is this significant?
> Best regards
> David

No, it isn't significant, the elections go on all the time.

As you can browse from one windows 7 client, but not from the other,
this tends to suggest that the Samba machine is working correctly. You
need to compare the two windows 7 machines, there must be a difference
between them, I am fairly sure that this is a windows problem.


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