nmbd as WINS proxy

Simo Sorce simo.sorce at polimi.it
Thu Mar 8 11:34:04 GMT 2001

On 8 Mar 2001, Shaun Lipscombe wrote:

> * "CHEUNG" == CHEUNG Ngai Tseung <cheungnt at ha.org.hk> writes:
>  > We are basically an NT shop, but I have installed Samba on two
>  > rogue linux servers. My problem is that being an NT shop our IT
>  > people won't support DNS, instead using wins and DHCP for
>  > everything.
> Excellent.  Two more Linux boxes on the planet is a "good thing(tm)".
>  > My hope was that name queries from my linux boxes can be resolved
>  > by nmbd (since the man page says "In addition, nmbd can act as a
>  > WINS proxy, relaying broadcast queries from clients that do not
>  > understand how to talk the WINS protocol to a WIN server"), but
>  > having I set wins proxy = yes without any effect - ie my linux box
>  > still can't resolve netbios names.
>  > Is it possible to have Samba transparently resolve netbios names?
> If you want nmbd to act as a WINS server then you do wins support =
> yes and you setup all your windows machines to register with the WINS
> server by setting up wins in the TCP/IP network properties on the
> windows machines.  If you already have a WINS server and want the
> Samba machine to use the WINS server to resolve netbios names then you
> do a wins server = x.x.x.x.  The WINS proxy will only work if the
> windows machines are not configured to use WINS and you say that you
> are an NT shop already using NT for the WINS.  Sounds like you need
> the "wins server = " option of the smb.conf.
> Shaun
> P.S.  I didn't think NT did WINS very well anyway (what I was told by
> an NT admin).

Why not making one of the Linux servers a dns server?
or alternatively what about populating the hosts and lmhosts files?

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