RE: Samba server does not show up in W98 browse list.
Thu, 22 Apr 1999 09:19:18 +0200

1: Yes, it is on the same network. IP for the server, and .1.6 for two Win98 clients. Both are configured thru DHCP on
the server.

2: Here is the relevant smb.conf piece on WINS
; Domain Control Options
; OS Level gives Samba the power to rule the roost. Windows NT = 32
; Any value < 32 means NT wins as Master Browser, > 32 Samba gets it
os level = 33
; specifies Samba to be the Domain Master Browser
domain master = yes
; Use with care only if you have an NT server on your network that has been
; configured at install time to be a primary domain controller.
; domain controller = <NT-Domain-Controller-SMBName>
; Domain logon control can be a good thing! See [netlogon] share section
domain logons = yes
; run a specific logon batch file per workstation (machine)
; logon script = %m.bat
; run a specific logon batch file per username
; logon script = %u.bat
; Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section
; WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable it's WINS
; the default is NO.
wins support = yes
; WINS Server - Tells the NMBD components of Samba to be a WINS Client
; Note: Samba can be either a WINS Server, or a WINS Client, but NOT
; wins server = w.x.y.z
; WINS Proxy - Tells Samba to answer name resolution queries on behalf of a
; WINS Client capable client, for this to work there must be at least
; WINS Server on the network. The default is NO.
; wins proxy = yes

Although I'm not quite certain dhcpd specifies them to use WINS

3: The server runs continuesly, while the win clients are shut down every
day. They automagically mount their //server/homes on startup. I even had
the clients log on using Microsnot Networking, but this also didnt allow the
machines to show up. But when both clients are up, they can see each other
just fine.

4: I am still running 1.9.18p5, which came with my RHL5.1 ... I had it
working before, but that was before using DHCP I now realise ... I'll have
to check if this might make a difference. I never had any WINS configured
though. I also have to check whether 2.0.3 improves things.


- Alex

> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 1999 10:12 PM
> To:
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: Samba server does not show up in W98 browse list.
> Is it on the same network? ie. do the win98 and samba machines have the
> same broadcast address? Browsing is normally limited to machines with the
> same broadcast address, except under special circumstances.
> If you can, enable wins support on the samba server and make it either a
> local master or domain master. Have the win98 machines use the samba
> server for wins resolution. This should definately make the samba server
> show up in the network neighborhood, as well as making browsing across
> subnets possible. Also, this should fix the problem if your samba server
> and 98 machines are on different networks.
> Last but not least, netbios and browsing are incredibly slow to update
> themselves. The samba docs tell you to wait about an hour before checking
> your browse lists after the samba server has started. I've found this to
> be more like 24 hours actually.
> You should also be running the most recent samba available, which I
> believe is 2.0.3.
> -Don
> On Mon, 19 Apr 1999 wrote:
> > Hi all, I have a little question:
> >
> > I have samba set up under RHL5.1 with kernel 2.2.5. Although Win98
> machines
> > on the network can connect to the shared drives, and access them, the
> > machine does not show up in the network neighbourhood. Only if I search
> for
> > the machine, I can find it in Entire Network | Workgroup | Samba
> Machine,
> > but it is not added to the list of available machines in Workgroup.
> > EnablePlainTextPassword is enabled, so thats not the problem I think.
> >
> > anyone care to shed some light on this ?
> >
> > Vriendelijke Groeten / Kind Regards,
> >
> > Alexander van Luijpen
> >
> > Philips Semiconductors Nederland
> > Test and Product Engineering
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