[Samba] Why are Samba DCs not browsable?

Gary Dale garydale at torfree.net
Wed Nov 4 05:08:09 UTC 2015

On 29/10/15 05:41 AM, Rowland Penny wrote:
> On 29/10/15 09:19, Viktor Trojanovic wrote:
>> Hi,
>> In a book I'm reading on Samba4, the author explains that network 
>> browsing doesn't work for Samba AD DCs "because there is no nmbd 
>> process".
>> It's true enough that I can't browse my DC, however, there is an 
>> active nmbd process on my Samba server. So I wonder if the 
>> explanation of the author is (still) correct. I couldn't find any 
>> supporting or contradicting information on the web.
>> Viktor
> The book is partially correct, nmbd shouldn't be run on a DC, but 
> there is a netbios server built into the samba binary but it doesn't 
> contain the browsing code. If you are running a DC and there is a 
> separate 'nmbd' running, then you really should stop it and stop it 
> starting at boot.
> Rowland
Is there any work being done to fix this problem? I just redid a Samba 4 
install and discovered that the DC was not browsable. Since this is for 
a small office, they only have the one server doing both DC and file & 
print services. Browsing is somewhat important.

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