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10.5: How to set the Windows Workgroup Network
The Windows workgroup that the mac uses is now set in the Network System Preferences pane by clicking the pop-up menu next to the Location combo-box and selecting Edit Locations. You can then add a new location with the name of your desired workgroup.

Once this is done, click the Advanced button and then select the WINS tab. From here, you can now select your workgroup from the drop-down menu.
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10.5: How to set the Windows Workgroup
Authored by: diamondsw on Nov 07, '07 08:09:26AM

This hint makes no sense to me. As far as I can tell, there is no connection whatsoever between your location name and the WINS workgroup setting.



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10.5: How to set the Windows Workgroup
Authored by: dewab on Nov 07, '07 08:45:01AM

Playing with the config, if left on automatic, the workgroup name doesn't seem to persist across location changes (and possibly reboots?) whereas if you create a new Location, it persists with that location.

The file that is altered is /var/run/smb.conf if you want to watch it during location changes.



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10.5: How to set the Windows Workgroup
Authored by: UpTown on Nov 07, '07 09:00:49AM

I agree with diamondsw. This is a stupid place to set the workgroup, especially since in Tiger the workgroups appeared in Network in the sidebar.

However, the name of the configuration file is a useful hint; never thought of looking there.

I do hope Apple pulls the workgroup setting somewhere up to a more accessible place. There have been a ton of posts about this, especially by people who could not find servers on their networks once they upgraded to Leopard.



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10.5: How to set the Windows Workgroup
Authored by: dewab on Nov 07, '07 09:28:15AM

Note: The name of the location in entirely arbitrary. It's the workgroup setting in the WINS tab that matters. Also, /var/run/smb.conf is a dynamic file, so if you just just edit that file, chances are the changes will go away in the future.



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10.5: How to set the Windows Workgroup
Authored by: batmanppc on Nov 07, '07 09:29:45AM

This is actually a bug. You don't need to name the Location the same as the workgroup.

The bug is that the Workgroup editing does not stick if you use the default Automatic location.

What you can do is duplicate the Automatic location (leave it named Automatic Copy), delete the original Automatic, rename Automatic Copy back to Automatic.

Now you should be able to edit the workgroup to your liking as many times as you like and it will stick.

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10.5: How to set the Windows Workgroup
Authored by: Bassman59 on Nov 07, '07 12:08:24PM

I can't get the new Workgroup name to stick. It's broken. From what I can tell, changing the Workgroup in the WINS tab should modify /var/run/smb.conf, which is where the magic "workgroup =" line in [global] lives. But it doesn't work.

BTW: I always delete the "automatic" location and create specific locations as needed.



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10.5: How to set the Windows Workgroup
Authored by: gschultz on Nov 07, '07 05:46:21PM

The hint is correct. The trick is changing your Location from 'Automatic' to something else (anything else). Once you've done that the 'Workgroup' change will 'stick'



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10.5: How to set the Windows Workgroup
Authored by: Bassman59 on Nov 07, '07 07:17:33PM
The hint is correct. The trick is changing your Location from 'Automatic' to something else (anything else). Once you've done that the 'Workgroup' change will 'stick'
.... but I've deleted the "automatic" location. It's broken if you can't set the workgroup for any arbitrary location.

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10.5: How to set the Windows Workgroup
Authored by: apveenstra on Nov 08, '07 06:11:44AM

I actually like the new way the Workgroup and WINS servers are handled!

I use my laptop at several different customers, and have setup locations for most of them. I can now automatically switch Workgroups and WINS servers when switching locations.

PS. also note that the Workgroup won't 'stick' to some locations if you did an upgrade install, and those locations existed before the upgrade. The trick is to duplicate the old location, and enter the Workgroup info. After this you can delete the old location, and rename the new one to match the old.




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10.5: How to set the Windows Workgroup
Authored by: aabra1 on Jan 05, '10 11:04:24AM

I have MBP with 10.6 on it
i did what they recommended see the screen shot:
[link:]http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/821/screenshot01y.jpg[link]

it does not do what I want anyway.

the ping on mac works like this:
$ ping hp
PING hp.hsd1.or.comcast.net (208.67.216.132): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 208.67.216.132: icmp_seq=0 ttl=56 time=18.276 ms
64 bytes from 208.67.216.132: icmp_seq=1 ttl=56 time=25.153 ms
64 bytes from 208.67.216.132: icmp_seq=2 ttl=56 time=26.193 ms


but on windows:
>ping hp
Pinging hp 192.168.1.4 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 192.168.1.4: bytes=32 time

Edited on Jan 05, '10 11:06:20AM by aabra1



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