[Samba] Workgroup name too long

Reindl Harald h.reindl at thelounge.net
Wed Feb 25 14:51:28 MST 2015

Am 25.02.2015 um 22:48 schrieb Miguel Medalha:
>> I have searched for this and the solutions I found were for instances
>> where the workgroup name *was* too long.  However, my workgroup name is
>> *not* too long.  The spaces between PEGASUS and ^[ are part of the
>> message, I did not add them.  If you count them there are 16 total
>> including ending ^[.  I can't figure out where the spaces are coming
> from.
>>   This is the same for every Samba server.  Each machine will show this
>> message for the other servers but not itself.  MachineA will show message
>> for B and C, but not A.  MachineB will show message for A and C but not B.
> I can count 17 characters...

here you go:

> According to Microsoft:
> "The NetBIOS naming convention allows for 16 characters in a NetBIOS name.
> Microsoft, however, limits NetBIOS names to 15 characters and uses the
> 16th character as a NetBIOS suffix. "
> and
> "All NetBIOS names are 16 characters in length. A NetBIOS suffix is the
> 16th character of the 16-character NetBIOS name. The NetBIOS suffix is
> used by Microsoft Networking software to identify functionality installed
> on the registered device. "
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/163409
> Names are padded with spaces to 15 bytes, plus the NetBIOS suffix in the
> 16th byte

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