Use of the Remote Announce Parameter
remote announce parameter of
smb.conf can be used to forcibly ensure
that all the NetBIOS names on a network get announced to a remote network.
The syntax of the
remote announce parameter is:
remote announce = 192.168.12.23 [172.16.21.255] ...
remote announce = 192.168.12.23/MIDEARTH [172.16.21.255/ELVINDORF] ...
is either the LMB IP address or the broadcast address of the remote network.
That is, the LMB is at 192.168.1.23, or the address could be given as 172.16.21.255 where the netmask
is assumed to be 24 bits (255.255.255.0). When the remote announcement is made to the broadcast
address of the remote network, every host will receive our announcements. This is noisy and therefore
undesirable but may be necessary if we do not know the IP address of the remote LMB.
is optional and can be either our own workgroup or that of the remote network. If you use the
workgroup name of the remote network, our NetBIOS machine names will end up looking like
they belong to that workgroup. This may cause name resolution problems and should be avoided.