nmbd & netbios name -> many addreses

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at switchboard.net
Thu Mar 18 22:40:32 GMT 1999

On Fri, 19 Mar 1999, Christopher R. Hertel wrote:

> Dan Kaminsky wrote:
> > OK so we use dash.  The point isn't the specifics--it's the concept that
> > we reject any name that doesn't fit predefined standards, thus preventing
> > the entire "How do we deal with bad names in the first place."
> What is a bad name?  Again, I think you are trying to map NetBIOS names to
> DNS names.  I've travelled that road.  There's a closed-down taco stand at
> the end, and that's it.  Promise. 
> Controlling which names are registered by WINS doesn't do much anyway. 
> There's still the broadcast name resolution system, so "bad" names will
> still work on the local LAN.  If you don't register the name, your users
> will simply claim that the network is broken.  Also, there's the type
> byte.  How do you include that with a DNS name?

don't.  if you _have_ to, use a valid char (e.g # if that's valid!) as a
separator and put the name type after it.

>  Finally, there are names
> hard-coded into applications.  One obvious example is the ..__MSBROWSE__. 
> name.  Other code, including applications, does this too. 

don't register those.  only register unique names; only register server
names; only register PDC Domain names; only register multiple BDC Domain
names is an exceptional consideration.

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