samba setup on local network on FreeBSD

Posted on 2001-07-10
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
I'm using a cable modem to connect and a standard little 4-port linksys router. I have 3 machines, an old SGI indy, a big ass dual gig freebsd setup and a win2000 workstation. I'd like to share a couple of folders on my freebsd machine with the windows machine I have but I can't get samba to start up because my hostname is incorrect. I don't think it will ever be correct due to my use of a router that is assuming the role of an older computer of mine whose network card I nolonger have.
Please let me know if there is anything I can do to by pass all of this.
Question by:crash020297
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could you please post the command and error messages

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smbd -D -l /var/log/smbdlog

and when I 'more' the log file I get this message everytime I run the command:
[2001/07/10 15:23:58, 0] lib/util_sock.c:open_socket_in(822)
  Get_Hostbyname: Unknown host

The actual hostname that I'm supposed to be using is set on my little's something weird that my isp sets and I can't connect without that name and the hardware address of an old network card of mine. I could get the name for you but I rarely go into the router admin page to edit stuff.
It is a DHCP server too and even though I could hardwire everything (maybe I should?) I just use DHCP. So all of my machines get their own local IP which is why I don't have a problem using my Indy and my Freebsd machine together. I use my win2000 machine for video editing and stuff and other art apps that just don't have a match in *ix (that I can afford anyway) so I like to work on the win machine and then copy files and stuff I want saved to my FreeBSD machine (it has more disk space).
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jlevie earned 200 total points
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That shouldn't be too much of a problem to fix. As I understand it the inside machines are all using IP's in one of the private address ranges. It's not clear to me where the gateway router is, but for the moment I'll assume that it is the FreeBSD machine as that would be the "worst case". That would imply that the FreeBSD box has two NIC's, one for the Internet link and one for the inside network. You will need to assign a hostname for the IP of the inside NIC and create a record in /etc/hosts for that name. Then tell Samba to only bind to the inside NIC by including:

interfaces = eth1

replacing eth1 with the name of the inside NIC.

Now if the FreeBSD box isn't acting as the gateway router the procedure is similar. You do need a record in /etc/hosts for the IP that you assign to the FreeBSD box (and it needs to be a static assignment), but you won't need to modify smb.conf as there would only be one NIC.

In either case Samba will see the private IP and check the hosts file before consulting DNS. Since there is a record in /etc/hosts corresponding to that IP, Samba will be able to determine its host name.

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