[Samba] Workgroup name too long

durwin at mgtsciences.com durwin at mgtsciences.com
Wed Feb 25 15:06:27 MST 2015

samba-bounces at lists.samba.org wrote on 02/25/2015 02:51:28 PM:

> From: Reindl Harald <h.reindl at thelounge.net>
> To: samba at lists.samba.org
> Date: 02/25/2015 02:52 PM
> Subject: Re: [Samba] Workgroup name too long
> Sent by: samba-bounces at lists.samba.org
> 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 
> >> *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 
> >> message for the other servers but not itself.  MachineA will show 
> >> 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:
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1175710#c10

I understand the limit is 15.  However, in the case I included, the count 
is only 7.
I did *not* add the spaces nor the ending character (I assume it is some 
character).  The line below is straight from smb.conf

workgroup = pegasus

All the machines I am referring to are Fedora.

Thank you.

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