[Dnsmasq-discuss] samba and workgroups with dhcp

Adam Hardy adam.ant at cyberspaceroad.com
Mon Oct 13 11:21:58 BST 2008

Just been wading through the docs and the mailing lists at samba.org trying to 
find out how I should configure my samba file server but I still haven't been 
able to work out the relationship of the samba server to the rest of my network.

I'm running a SOHO with linux, OS X and windows clients which need to connect to 
the samba server to be able to run backups. I think it's causing conflict with 
the main gateway / DHCP server  (which runs dnsmasq).

Samba has these 4 settings which are causing me complete confusion:

workgroup = SAMBA_WORK_GROUP
domain master = yes
local master = yes
preferred master = yes

By all accounts this appears to be the way to allow the clients to browse the 
samba server, but I get problems with connections dropping, authentications 
failing and sometimes the server not even showing up.

Am I right that the workgroup name should be totally different from the domain 
name I set for the DHCP clients in dnsmasq? (localdomain)


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