[Samba] Browsing shares of a server

Christopher Cox chriscox at endlessnow.com
Fri Sep 27 17:57:02 UTC 2019

On 9/27/19 12:48 PM, Rowland penny via samba wrote:
> On 27/09/2019 18:33, Christopher Cox via samba wrote:
>> I understand the "Function Discovery" side and wsdd (which is fine for 
>> local same network discovery somewhat similar to Network 
>> Neighborhood). I'm saying that even without that if I browse to just a 
>> computer in Windows Explorer, I get to see the shares that I have 
>> access to.  I'd like that sort of feature in smbclient (if possible).
>> smbclient's "way" has relied on NT1/SMB1 stuff.  Just wondering if 
>> anyone know how to make this work the Windows way.
> That's not what you asked ;-)

Hmmm... I thought I was clear, but maybe not.

> There is extensive work being done on SMBv2/3, I am sure that something 
> like wsdd will get folded into the mix, but it won't be for some time. 
> Getting the core components working similar to the way SMBv1 works will 
> be the emphasis and some form of network browsing will probably come later.

Again, wsdd (WS-DISCOVERY), which is not enabled (and perhaps not really 
encouraged by Microsoft) by default on Windows, it's not needed for what 
I'm talking about.

Browse to \\computer-name see shares I have access to.  Can't do this 
with smbclient.  Prior method of using NT1/SMB1 isn't right for today. 
Windows (and MacOS) manage to show browseable shares without SMB1.  I'd 
just love to see this somehow in smbclient.

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