[Samba] samba 4 AD and master browser

David STIEVENARD stievenard.david at gmail.com
Thu Jun 23 02:20:02 UTC 2016

Hi Trenta,

I agree with Rowland, not relying on network neighborhood seems to be 
not so new (at least for me).

In a company (7000+ users) I worked for in the past (in 2000), they were 
using NT domains and then AD :
- users didn't choose which share they could connect to, it was 
automatically mapped for them
- and as a network administrator dns resolution was the standard and 
netbios was not welcomed

You might have to consider a scenario in your project where you change 
to ways your users access to shares.

Be strong !! :)

On 06/21/2016 12:38 AM, Rowland penny wrote:
> On 20/06/16 17:14, Trenta sis wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm migrating samba 3 nt domain (openldap + samba) to samba 4 AD, and we
>> detected taht one of features, master browser is not working in samba 
>> 4 AD.
>> I have searched some info and I have found:
>> https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/FAQ
>> "
>> Why is Network Neighbourhood empty or does not show all machines in an
>> Samba AD environment?
>> The master browser code in smbd does not collect names because the 
>> netbios
>> server in the AD DC does not have the browsing code in it. We would 
>> like to
>> add that, but it just is a matter of a developer finding it to be a
>> personal (or employer) priority. (Sadly on the AD DC, there isn't spare
>> developer time just floating around).
>> "
>> and
>> https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Samba4/ActiveDirectory#Browsing_.28Domain_Master_Browser.29 
>> It seem that is not available in samba 4? I need this feature how can I
>> recover this feature in samba 4 if we are evaluating to migrate from 
>> samba
>> 3 nt domain?
>> Thanks
> Why do you *need* this feature ? Microsoft is moving away from network 
> browsing. Active Directory uses DNS instead of TCP/IP, so you should 
> get used to navigating to shares via DNS name.
> Rowland

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