Samba Directory Services, was Re: take on future events
Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton
lkcl at switchboard.net
Mon Feb 1 19:19:46 GMT 1999
On Tue, 2 Feb 1999, Dan Kaminsky wrote:
> >> WINS *is* single point of failure, remember? :-) WINS server goes down,
> >WINS is independent of DFS.
> Not as I'm referring them to.
> WINS is a way of tracking what machines are
> out there.
that's one way of looking at it. however a better way to look at it is to
think of it as a dynamic form of dns. not only that but it can resolve
where to go for specific services (netbios type, 16th char) as well as
hosts (1st 15 chars).
> In UNC Namespace, workgroups do *not* exist,
UNC namespace, you mean "start | run | \\server-name" for example? if so,
that's because this is looking up SERVER-NAME<20> - an SMB file service.
no servers ever, ever register WORKGROUP-NAME<20> to offer SMB file
services on a per-workgroup basis: they can't!
in other words, i am unsure as to why you are saying this / pursuing this
line of reasoning and i think it stems from a misunderstanding, but hey:
what the heck, i could be wrong :)
> In DFS-Space, this is unnecessary. The admin can set anything to any name,
> and it'll work since DFS allows pure IP's to be given as system names. DFS
> really has alot of potential for evil :-)
hm, cool. well, it will "work" but if the redirected location does not
exist then it won't "work". that includes attempts to connect to
WORKGROUP-NAME<20> which will always fail (oh, except on a samba server!)
> >my "evil plans" i mentioned earlier were to
> >put a "round-robin" or similar response into samba WINS service in order
> >to provide multiple indentical smbd servers under the same NetBIOS name,
> >all of which should provide DFS-root points (and no other file-shares).
> Unsure what you mean by this.
have several machines under the same netbios name, transparently. this is
one thing that is severely lacking in ms's implementation of dfs: the dfs
root mount point can only be on one m/c. identical machines under one
netbios name is one up on microsoft.
need dfs first to make it useful.
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