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10.3: Potential Windows server browsing fix
Authored by: cbaumann on May 06, '04 08:14:39PM

This problem is only supposed to occurs in Networks that do not have a Windows 2000 or 2003 Server - Primary Domain Controller with OS 10.3 Macs enabling SMB sharing. Under "default" settings a Mac will win the Master browser election process should there be no Primary Domain Controller (which by default is set to be your Master Browser Server). Even if you set/promote a Windows Computer to be the Master Browser Server, the Mac will win the election process without a PDC on the network. If there are two Macs on the same network with SMB sharing started, they will "fight eachother" to win the election process without either elected = workgroup computers can no longer access the Master Browser Directory service and cannot find computers on the network. This occurs even if you have elected/set/promoted a Windows computer to be the Master Browser Server without a PDC.

We see this as a bug in Mac OS X unless you are running Mac OS X Server.

A client Macintosh on a network should not be performing the function of a server - For Any Reason What-So-Ever. As a primary or backup.

We recommend editing the global variables of the smb.conf file as such:

[ global]
domain master = no
preferred master = no
you can set the os level to a lower priority to ensure the Mac will not win the election process as well as stated in the original article.
Information from this is gathered from Apple Computer Technical Support and

Note: Observed but unverified- When one SMB Mac was elected the Master Browser Server, it out-perfermed the Windows Master Browser Server that was pre-set. Responses from opening the network neighborhood and workgroup seemed faster when the Mac was providing Browser services - Not surprising?

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10.3: Potential Windows server browsing fix
Authored by: eviltwin on Apr 05, '05 06:57:06AM

Just thought I'd let people know this hint about editing the smb.conf files worked for us, we had 3 Macs hanging when trying to connect to a Redhat file server. Adding these two lines to smb.conf seems to have done the trick. Thanks.

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