Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 22:41 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Windows "I'm sure it's just a coincidence, but Windows 7 shipped around the same time I got married, and it includes a fascinating new technology called HomeGroup. Its goal is really simple: get all your home computers sharing documents, media, and printers with each other, in a way that is both secure and straightforward. But Microsoft also has a deeper aim here: they're trying to finally kill off the decrepit NetBIOS technology that's at the heart of most Windows sharing problems. So let's have a look at HomeGroup and the technologies involved that make it work. And just to keep things interesting, we'll compare HomeGroup with what Mac OS X offers."
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no need for machine list
by xaeropower on Sat 25th Sep 2010 02:01 UTC
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I remember how much time I spent on figuring out samba 5 years ago, how the master browser/backup browser selection works and how to make stable name resolution on samba networks (dns+wins+pdc).

But with smb/cifs the best way always was to completely ignore the workgroup/domain machine list and manually mount the drives with batch files on the machines using their ip address like //10.0.0.42/share.

I dunno why do they need ipv6 for this homegroup thingy, probably because of automatization but this feature will only benefit for joe users who have no idea what ip address is.

I don't think I will ever bother looking at this feature if I don't specifically asked to do so.

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