[Samba] Browing in Samba4 AD domain

Jason Voorhees jvoorhees1 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 1 22:44:31 UTC 2016

Thanks again Rowland. It isn't 100% clear to me yet, hehe :p, but it's time
for testing, debugging and posting with my results.

On Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 2:21 PM, Rowland penny <rpenny at samba.org> wrote:

> On 01/04/16 19:51, Jason Voorhees wrote:
>> If AD domains are based on DNS and WINS relies on NetBIOS, what
>> protocol(s) are used by computers to create and see (browse) all the
>> machines of the domain?
> As far as Samba is concerned it uses both, DNS & NetBIOS, but instead of
> using WINS, it uses DNS to find the machines and then 'nmbd' produces the
> browsing list (this is how I understand it works)
> I have two DCs and a domain member running as a server, I do not uses WINS
> (well not as a setting in smb.conf) but the other Linux machines (including
> the member server) show up if I browse the network, the two DCs do not.
> This is down to the 'nbt' portion of the 'samba' daemon not having the
> required code to browse the network. You should also be aware that you
> cannot run 'nmbd' on a DC, it will conflict with 'nbt'
> Rowland
>> While it's clear to me that a hostname will resolve to an IP address
>> through DNS queries, I'm not sure how is the browsing list created and
>> maintained. In old NT style domain, any computer of the domain could be
>> selected to act as a master browser, and the use of WINS could just
>> simplify this by having all the machines registered to the WINS server
>> based on NetBIOS names.
>> So now in a Samba4 AD domain, does it make sense the concept of master
>> browser yet? Who maintains a browsing list? If any, how is this browsing
>> list maintained? is it based on NetBIOS or DNS or both? I'm asking this
>> because regardless of the fact that I have 2 Samba4 AD controllers without
>> browsing features built-in, I am still being able to see certain machines
>> in my network. So I guess "someone" is in keeping some kind of browsing
>> list active.
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