Firewall and samba

Rutger van Haasteren vhaasteren at
Thu Nov 30 09:52:04 UTC 2006

Thanks for the help, I found the awnser in (where else?) the ubuntu forums.
Turns out the Netbios broadcasts are blocked so you have to unblock them in
firestarter/guarddog. Here's the link:

Still, I think this is too much hassle for the average Joe that wants to
have it "just work"...

On 11/30/06, Chanchao <custom at> wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-11-30 at 07:57 +0000, Rutger van Haasteren wrote:
> > Someone pointed out that I might be able to connect from Machine B to
> > Machine A by using the IP adress. This is true. So my problem becomes:
> >
> > When I configure my firewall I can only connect to the samba server by
> > using the ip adress. When I try to use the name ( e.g. "Desktop-PC")
> > the call is blocked. Does this have something to do with broadcasts?
> > And how do they work?
> I think the way Windows finds (or doesn't find) host names in a peer
> network environment is pretty black magic.   Indeed using the IP address
> is most reliable, assuming you have no objection to using fixed IP's for
> your network of course.
> And if IP's are fixed then you can put them in your hosts list as well.
> Can be done with the System->Administration->Networking panel, then the
> hosts tab.  (Though there exists a bug in there with Edgy I think,
> causing that window to crash in some cases.)
> Best solution is probably to let the Samba server be a WINS server as
> well.
> Back to the manuals. :)
> Cheers,
> Chanchao
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