Windows network gone - I can no longer see it.

Gustin Johnson gustin at
Wed Oct 15 08:35:16 BST 2008

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Active Accounts wrote:
> Well, I know this is getting off topic... and I'd like to understand the
> whole windows networking thing as well. I've also seem some strangeness
> with that, but chalked it up to my lack of understanding and, of course,
> windows funky behavior - sometimes it never works right until you've
> rebooted a couple times.
The SMB protocol can be funky.  Likely the original problem had to do
with netbios names not resolving.  I have never played with virtual box
but it may be breaking broadcast traffic.  I seriously doubt that
SMB/CIFs was broken, just your name resolution.

Just a tip, you can put the names of your windows machines along with
their IPs into your /etc/hosts file.  You can also open windows shares
with //ip/share.

Relying on the flaky "network" thingy is not the best idea.  This even
breaks under various windows versions.

Of course, if you are so inclined you can set up DNS for your LAN, but
that probably does not interest most "normal" people :)
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