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I'd be most suspicious of the WINS configuration as the none of the machines need it (in this scenario), but the Windows machines will try harder to use it if it's configured.

Some of the various "net" commands from a Windows CLI should help you determine where the problem lies (and the Samba docs will be a real aid here). I confess I've never tried using any of the "netsh" commands against a Samba server, so I don't know if they'll work or not.

The brute force approach would be to first ensure that the OS level on the Mac and Linux workstations are all less than that of the server. You may have a workstation ignoring the "domain" aspect and setting itself up as the Master Browser due to an incorrect OS level setting.