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I was wondering if there is a way of listing all the smb servers on a local network (like looking at a network neighborhood in windows) via the command line in fedora.

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What do you mean with 'smb servers'? Do you mean Samba servers, or do you mean all file servers (wether Samba or Windows, wether in my own or in other workgroups/domains) which speak the SMB protocol? – Kurt Pfeifle Aug 2 '10 at 10:36
Also, your question's title (mentioning 'smb shares') somewhat contradicts its text (mentioning 'smb servers'). Which one did you mean? – Kurt Pfeifle Aug 2 '10 at 14:34
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nmblookup -S WORKGROUP 


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You might need to tweak the firewall settings on a default install. – Ophidian Jul 14 '10 at 18:46
I'll downvote this answer. -- I can't believe such a WRONG answer gets 2 upvotes. The given command only lists servers which are members of a workgroup named "workgroup". And it lists them regardless of OS (Samba/Linux or not, Windows or not). The question was about getting to know all SAMBA servers on the local network (regardless of workgroup name). – Kurt Pfeifle Aug 2 '10 at 10:12
Actually, he didn't say he was looking for all samba servers. He said "all the smb servers". I suppose I failed to elaborate to the degree that you did, in that you can search for wildcard workgroups--but really, I made it clear that I was referencing the manual, and I got the OP what he needed. Not to mention, I answered half a month before you did--I don't understand what you're so bent out of shape about. – andyortlieb Oct 27 '10 at 15:00

This command is a very little known secret of Samba. It returns IP adresses of all Samba servers in one's own broadcast domain:

nmblookup __SAMBA__

This one returns a list of all NetBIOS names and their aliases of all Samba servers in the neighbourhood (it does a 'node status query'):

nmblookup -S __SAMBA__

This one returns a list of all IP adresses of SMB servers (that is, Linux+Unix/Samba or Windows) in the neighbourhood:

nmblookup '*'

Finally, all NetBIOS names and their aliases of all SMB servers (Linux+Unix/Samba or Windows):

nmblookup -S '*'

The command given in the other answer nmblookup -S WORKGROUP does NOT return all Samba or all SMB servers from the neighbourhood. Instead, it returns all servers' NetBIOS names who happen to be members of a workgroup named 'WORKGROUP'. The results are independent of the servers' OS (wether that is Windows, or wether that is Linux/Samba) -- and it is a well known fact that sometimes lots of Windows member server are part of a Samba-controlled domain or workgroup. [Yes, it happens that Samba's default workgroup name is 'WORKGROUP'... but so what??]. -- But the question was 'How do I get to know all SMB (Samba?!?) servers in my network neighbourhood?'

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This should be marked as the correct answer. – rbellamy Dec 13 '15 at 21:11

On my network - as of this writing (things do change) - smbtree is my preferred solution. It asks for your password (meaning your Samba password), and then it gives a nicely detailed list that includes netbios name, available shares, and the share description.

nmblookup, on the other hand, does not list all the available shares on my network. I do not know why it does not, but it doesn't.

From the smbtree man page:

smbtree is a smb browser program in text mode. It is similar to the "Network Neighborhood" found on Windows computers. It prints a tree with all the known domains, the servers in those domains and the shares on the servers.

The nmblookup command does have more switches and options. The nmblookup man page: nmblookup man page

Noted for posterity - as these answers do stick around - and as I said, I find that smbtree would be a better answer to the OP on my network.

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