Quibbles re WINS

Christopher R. Hertel crh at nts.umn.edu
Fri Feb 5 18:04:18 GMT 1999

Deja Vu.

I've been digging into this stuff for a while but not getting any clear
answers.  At the LISA/NT conference I'm *sure* I heard (more than once)
that they were going to use "Dynamic DNS" to register names.  Then, at
CIFS, I asked again and was told that they were going to register services
in the AD and only use Dynamic DNS to register Domain Controllers. 


I believe that MS is doing two things here:
  1) they don't really know themselves, and
  2) they really don't want us to know. 

So, we'll need to be flexible.  We should also keep asking them about what
they're really doing.  Someone should be reality-checking these folks.  

Another thing to keep in mind.  At the LISA/NT conference we were told
that the new NT5 domains "looked" like DNS domains, but they were really
two different things.  At other MS-sponsored events that I've been to,
I've heard that the new NT Domain system is supposed to map to DNS domains
(that's not from MS employees, but from MCTs and such).  The logical
thinking, then, is that if your NT domain is "gerbil.org" and you are 
offering a NetBIOS service named "connect", the service would be known as
"connect" in "gerbil.org" or "connect.gerbil.org".

So I still think that they're planning to use Dynamic DNS as the next 
generation WINS server.

Chris -)-----

> On Sat, 6 Feb 1999, Gerald W. Carter wrote:
> > David Collier-Brown wrote:
> > > 
> > >         Hmmn...
> > >         Would using LDAP be a better thing to provide WINS replication
> > >         than reverse-engineering a private protocol?
> That was part of Luke's idea about implementing LDAP support in Samba !
> Take a look on www.cifs.com, second workshop paper.
> > Now that's a thought!  What about performance of table 
> > lookups since we have to respond within a given time 
> > frame (positive or negative), would an external table lookup
> > such as an LDAP server be quick enough?
> You would run an LDAP mirror on the Wins server. So the LDAP request would
> be local to the machine.
> Now my question: What Microsoft is doing in NT5 to replace the Wins
> Service ? Dynamic hacked (or Microsoftized) DNS or Active Directory (aka
> LDAP) ?
> 	J.F.

Christopher R. Hertel -)-----                   University of Minnesota
crh at nts.umn.edu              Networking and Telecommunications Services

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