There are many sources of information available in the form of mailing lists, RFCs, and documentation. The documentation that comes with the Samba distribution contains good explanations of general SMB topics such as browsing.
With SMB networking, it is often not immediately clear what the cause is of a certain problem. Samba itself provides rather useful information, but in some cases you might have to fall back to using a sniffer. A sniffer is a program that listens on your LAN, analyzes the data sent on it, and displays it on the screen.
One of the best diagnostic tools for debugging problems is Samba itself. You can use the
-d option for both smbd and ...