Many SMB/CIFS clients, including most versions of Windows, rely upon network browsers to help locate resources on the network. These tools are frequently integrated tightly into the OS and make a NetBIOS network look like a filesystem directory tree, with entries for specific servers, shares on servers, and files and directories on server shares. Creating this browse tree doesn’t happen effortlessly, though; it relies upon the presence of a special type of server known as a master browser. Samba can function as a master browser, and Samba also includes options that enable it to fine-tune the browsing functions it provides to other computers. Some of these options are fairly mundane, but others are unusual. Most notably, you can configure Samba to enable browsing across different subnets, even when your network uses a workgroup configuration—a task that Windows master browsers can’t handle.
KeywordsSamba System Domain Name System Domain Configuration Local Master Domain Controller
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