Christopher R. Hertel
crh at nts.umn.edu
Mon Jul 19 21:23:56 GMT 1999
DNS names and NetBIOS names are two very different things. It is a common
myth (thanks to Microsoft) that the two can be easily mapped one to the
other. It *can* be done, but it isn't easy and you really need to know
what is going on before you even consider trying. Again, NetBIOS names
are *not* the same as DNS names.
If you are using TCP/IP as your transport, all of the machines should have
DNS entries. Keep in mind that a given machine will have several NetBIOS
names, including group names which may apply to several machines. Also, a
NetBIOS name doesn't have a DNS Domain (unless you're using scope--which
doesn't work the way it was intended anyway).
The mapping of NetBIOS names to IP addresses was designed as a mechanism
for emulating an IBM/Sytec NetBIOS LAN across a routed TCP/IP network. I
really like to encourage people *not* to confuse the two namespaces.
> how do I add a WINS server to the search path (i.e.. /etc/hosts, dns server,
> next I want the WINS server). How do I do this? I know that it will
> involve nsswitch.conf (actually I have a pretty strong feeling), but I don't
> know what line to add (this is a Solaris 2.7 machine). IF you have any
> ideas, or any place to get this info, I will be very appreciative.
> Jon Allen
-- I have a shoehorn, the kind with teeth. --
Christopher R. Hertel -)----- University of Minnesota
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