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    Default change hostname description

    When browsing in WinXP Windows Explorer to view an OpenSUSE computer, the displayed name is:
    Samba 3.5.4-5.3.1-2489-SUSE-SL11.3 (*hostname*)

    Other Windows computers display as:

    [computer description]([hostname])

    How can I change the "computer description" within OpenSUSE?

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    Default Re: change hostname description

    On Mon March 14 2011 04:06 pm, kahu wrote:

    >
    > When browsing in WinXP Windows Explorer to view an OpenSUSE computer,
    > the displayed name is:
    > Samba 3.5.4-5.3.1-2489-SUSE-SL11.3 (*hostname*)
    >
    > Other Windows computers display as:
    >
    > [computer description]([hostname])
    >
    > How can I change the "computer description" within OpenSUSE?
    >

    kahu;

    In the global section of /etc/samba/smb.conf add (or modify if it already
    exists) the parameter "server string"

    As an example:

    Code:
    server string = kahunet
    or
    server string = Samba on SuSE
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    Default Re: change hostname description

    On Mon March 14 2011 04:33 pm, PV wrote:

    <snip>
    >>

    > kahu;
    >
    > In the global section of /etc/samba/smb.conf add (or modify if it already
    > exists) the parameter "server string"
    >
    > As an example:
    >
    >
    Code:
    > server string = kahunet
    > or
    > server string = Samba on SuSE
    >
    >

    Additional information: Windows caches the server string, so even after
    making this change you may find remnants of the old string. New connections
    will display properly.
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    Default Re: change hostname description

    venzkep is right. However some stupid Windows machines insist on caching the old value. I'm sure a web search will show you the place on Windows where the old value can be cleared.

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