Published on April 18th, 2013 | by caper4g0
Workgroup browsing Issues
Well, today for the first time I noticed and issue on one of my Ubuntu 12.04 Laptops. Don’t know how or why this issue is present but it needed looking into for sure since I have dedicated this year to learning more about networking in General. Its little issues like this that can irritate and create a backboard to more of an understanding about the whole communication thing from one computer to another.
The first symptom I noticed when tying to browse the network was a slow response to even bring up the workgroup icon in nautilus. Soon after, it would time out when trying to open it with an error “Unable to mount location Failed to retrieve share list from server”. I appeared that the system was unable to browse in general and not just the workgroup network so I looked into Samba which is responsible for this and the solution I found and only took but a minute to fix was to edit the smb.conf file.
I use “Nano” for my editing so here is what the command look like:
sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf
Now scroll and look for the line ” netbios name = WORKGROUP”
Under that Line I added the following line:
name resolve order = bcast host
then click ctrl and o
click ctrl and x
Now restart the samba service wih this command:
sudo service smbd restart
Now the Workgroup opens quickly and browsing is quick and flawless.
Thats it, or atleast that was it for my case and I hope is is the end of your woes as you read this entry.