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Robert83
Hi,

I've got 3 subnetworks, and each of them has a Samba server set up as a local master [+bridge,small time fileserver for temporary files], now the problem is, that while win98 machines can browse the network fast and access shared drives on other computers fast... Windows XP Professional also browses the network fast but when opening up a shared location on either Win98 or another WinXP Pro computer it takes about 20-25 seconds to open up that location[meanwhile the explorer window or total commander seems to freeze for a while], can anyone with experience in larger mixed networks tell me , what do I need to do with these WinXP computers to speed them up when opening shared location on other Win98 or WinXP Pro computers?

Sincerely
Robert B
Robert83
Sorry that I post this again , but I thought this might have been overlooked...

please give me some advice...


Sincerely
Robert B
hughesjr
Sounds like it might be a name lookup issue .... try making the Domain Controller a Wins Server and put that address in the Wins location on the XP machines.

You might also make the Domain controller a cacheing-only DNS server (or at least have one local cacheing only DNS server on the local network) and point all machines to it (vice pointing to the ISPs DNS servers for lookups).
reklaw
Make sure each machine knows its gateway, make sure that WINS is running correctly. Turn off all protocalls that are not needed. I think windows machines can be in like one of there node types, Hybrid, Broadcast or one other. Also check to make sure that all your network cabling is sound. eg. smashed, kinked, all connections are clean, and so on. You can change the MTU and other stuff on new win2k or above. do google searches for information.
You might want to try optimizing the win98 machines, more RAM can never hurt.


So thats my 2 cents, hope it helped biggrin.gif
Robert83
Hi,

thankx for the replies , I think then the problem will be solved [probably] if I create a WINS server with SAMBA,
TCP/IP is used only + Client for Microsoft Networks / Client for Novell Networks [got a Novell server still, could be this? ]

I have already installed my own chacing DNS server , so all the computers use that.

I will check the cables then as well.


by the way , you mean that I should put a chacing only DNS in to the 192.168.1.x ? , I've got one at 192.168.10.2.
Is it good / reccomended / acceptable [any drawbacks] , to put DNS,WINS,LOCAL MASTER BROWSER , BRIDGING on the same computer [Amd2200xp,256DDR,100Mbit ethernet x 2] ?

I would like to try that DOMAIN CONTROLER as a last resort, cause I think I've asked you this once , and you told me that it would probably lead to the thing that all computers would be visible to each subnet...wich would be a little step backwards.

Sincerely
Robert B
hughesjr
One local caching DNS should be OK.

I thought you had a seperate domain controller for each subnet ... If you do, the Domain Controllers can be a WINS servers as well.

Don't you have a Win2000 server as well? You could also make it the Wins server.
Robert83
Hi

this is the current sittuation

192.168.0.x SAMBA Local Master Browser / Bridge enabled
192.168.1.x SAMBA Local Master Browser / Bridge enabled
192.168.2.x SAMBA Local Master Browser / Bridge enabled

192.168.10.2 Squid/Nat/DNS [caching only]
192.168.10.1 Still WinXP Firewall [ smile.gif , okay well I'm still testing the other firewall , the one with Linux , and I have not recieved that computer for the mail server... ]


so what you tell me that I should also enable every one of these SAMBA servers to become WINS Server ?
by the way If I do enable these SAMBA Servers to be Domain masters , they would take over only the entire 192.168.0.x right? , I'm only thinking this because I've got some company2 clients on 192.168.0.x different workgroup and the two Local Master Browsers don't mix up, they only take computers in the same workgroup.

Sincerely
Robert B
hughesjr
OK ... to maintain everything seperate, I would just make each master browser a WINS server in SAMBA (and not a Domain Controller) and put the WINS address in for each client....(the one for it's own network)...
Robert83
Thank you for you're help smile.gif


Sincerely
Robert B
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