First Edit

I changed the hostname to a 7 characters word. The errors in log.nmbd concerning the can't-be-found server disappeared

Error - cannot find server MY-FILESERVER in workgroup WORKGROUP on subnet

Now I see a new error showing up :

  Doing a node status request to the domain master browser
  for workgroup WORKGROUP at IP failed.
  Cannot sync browser lists.

Now, when I run smbtree from the machine itself, I can see only one share folder. Also, in log.smbd I see this line :

Samba name server IDSHARE is now a local master browser for workgroup WORKGROUP on subnet

I guess that the problem is that the subnet is a single IP address, instead of a group of addresses.

Initial Post

I'm configuring Samba but having a lot of trouble with it. The share machine and its shares do not appear when I run smbtree. It's the first time I encounter this problem and wasn't able to figure out the origin. So I thought some of you could share some hints ;)

On a Ubuntu 16.04, I installed Samba 4.3.9. After restarting Samba, testparm returns the following configuration :

# Global parameters
    netbios name = MY-FILESERVER
    server string = %h server (Samba, Ubuntu)
    server role = standalone server
    security = USER
    map to guest = Bad User
    obey pam restrictions = Yes
    pam password change = Yes
    passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
    passwd chat = *Enter\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *password\supdated\ssuccessfully* .
    unix password sync = Yes
    syslog = 0
    log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
    max log size = 1000
    dns proxy = No
    panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
    idmap config * : backend = tdb

    comment = A test Samba share
    path = /home/myname
    read only = No
    guest ok = Yes

Now, once I run smbtree from another machine, I don't see the actual machine appearing. I see some Windows machines on the LAN and another Samba server, but not the one I care about.

Error log

I inspected the logs and saw in log.nmbd the following line reappearing several times:

[2016/08/29 16:08:34.969537,  0] ../source3/nmbd/nmbd_become_lmb.c:533(become_local_master_browser)
  become_local_master_browser: Error - cannot find server MY-FILESERVER in workgroup WORKGROUP on subnet

This is the main clue I found. Could it be possible that the result of hostname must match the netbios server ? I read that netbios only uses names with 16 or less characters (source). hostname returns a name with more than 16 characters on the machine I have problems with.

Checking running processes

I thought it could be a firewall issue but iptables -L returned an empty rules table.

I checked if the processes were listening as they should. I scanned the ports with nmap -PN (using local IP address), giving me :

22/tcp  open  ssh
139/tcp open  netbios-ssn
445/tcp open  microsoft-ds
MAC Address: 00:13:72:D6:5A:BA (Dell ESG Pcba Test)

I double checked on the machine itself with netstat -plunt and seemed to confirm the fact that everything is running fine :

Proto Recv-Q  Send-Q  Local Address           Foreign Address         State       PID/Program name
tcp        0       0   *               LISTEN      4837/smbd       
tcp        0       0    *               LISTEN      2335/sshd       
tcp        0       0   *               LISTEN      4837/smbd  
udp        0       0*                           4789/nmbd       
udp        0       0*                           4789/nmbd       
udp        0       0   *                           4789/nmbd       
udp        0       0*                           4789/nmbd       
udp        0       0*                           4789/nmbd       
udp        0       0   *                           4789/nmbd   

The machine that causes trouble has a fixed IP address and matches the MAC address reported by nmap and a single machine responds to this IP when running nmap -sP

I'm far from being an expert in Samba and Linux, so I may have missed something a bit obvious.

  • underscores are not valid in NETBIOS names. try removing the underscores. technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc959336.aspx Aug 29, 2016 at 14:59
  • @FrankThomas I think it s a dash, not an underscore. Aug 29, 2016 at 17:08
  • I was refering to your share name. "samba_test_folder". I get that share names may vary from the rules for NETBIOS names, but its worth looking into. I've never tried to have a share with a _ in it. Aug 29, 2016 at 19:31
  • Hi. I think it should not be a problem. I saw share folders with underscores on Windows machines and Samba servers without causing any issue. I changed it just to test but the problem remains.
    – Gordak
    Aug 30, 2016 at 7:18

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It seems that Samba has troubles when a static IP is defined through network interface. https://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-844604.html

The interface was not well defined and after adding network it worked as expected and the share was appearing in smbtree.

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