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Re: [suse-security] Re: Problem with Windows Network Neighborhood and Linux


oh, don`t ask redmond.
This wasn`t built by Bill.

And yes, it makes sense.
This is a _dynamic_ NS-Protocol with a single
point of failure:
The Master-Browser.

Guess the Master-Browser is down due to
Switchport failure.
There will be no more NS-reolution.

Or guess a Network is split into two
Segments due to leased Line failure.

So _anybody_ in the Network realising,
that NS is down must be able to start
a new election.

Other NS-Protocols (DNS) use backup
Servers due to this.
(and this can be quite critical too ;-))


Kris Hoelzer schrieb:

Hey Joerg,

[...] Though I still wonder why any
clients seems to be able to initiate an election. Does this make sense

technical answer:
 IMO Win-specific "workaround" (started about 16 years ago with netbeui)  to realise also server/master browser -LESS topologies  ("Workgroups"/"Arbeitgruppe") [there every box acts as a local caching server for himself]

"political" answer:
 Ask Redmond, why -- better: use more unix-flavour Boxes    ;o)


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