[Dnsmasq-discuss] samba and workgroups with dhcp

Adam Hardy adam.ant at cyberspaceroad.com
Mon Oct 13 13:10:08 BST 2008

Thanks for the reply.

Both dnsmasq and samba are set up by me, but the config I gave below could 
easily imply something I don't intend - I'm not 100% sure on it. Maybe at best 
60% :(

Shouldn't dnsmasq and the gateway DHCP server be the domain controller? And so 
samba should be subordinate - OK, I see now that setting up samba with "domain 
master = yes" could be bad.

What I'm fundamentally unclear about is what the workgroup is - is it just a 
samba-style name for the domain - and therefore should be 'localdomain'?


richardvoigt at gmail.com on 13/10/08 12:42, wrote:
> If you're set up as a domain controller, rather than plain workgroup
> (and you are), then you need to forward dns requests for that domain
> to the samba domain controller.  I think the needed dnsmasq
> configuration option is "server".  You also need to make sure dnsmasq
> is not filtering out Microsoft Networking requires, there's a
> filterwin2k option or something like that which needs to be disabled.
> Hope this helps.
> On Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 10:21 AM, Adam Hardy
> <adam.ant at cyberspaceroad.com> wrote:
>> 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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