registering with WINS server

Matthew Geddes mgeddes at
Mon Nov 27 22:08:08 GMT 2000

"Robert M. Martel" wrote:
>         What must I do to FORCE my Smaba server(s) to register with
> a WINS server.  I am unable to use my Samba servers as WINS servers, I need
> to use the university provided WINS server.  So far my Samba machines
> have been unwilling or unable to register with the WINS server.
>         I have the "win server = IP addr of WINS server" in my smb.conf
> but every time I use nbtstat -a sambaserver on a windows client machine
> I get back "Host not found".  The books don't say all that much
> about WINS, other than it should magically work.
>         Seems to me that this is why my client machines cannot find their
> (samba) PDC on a different subnet (as I have posted in the past) which is why
> I am posting this question to this list.

I have the same problems with our NT servers (the nbtstat -a thing). Try
checking the WINS database using the WINS manager on your WINS server.
If your Samba server doesn't appear there, try using static WINS
entries. If this doesn't suit your needs, you can try telling Samba that
it's the Domain Master, Local Master and Preferred Master, but give it
an os level of 1. This will at least make the samba server well known on
the network ;-).

Hope it helps,

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