Multiple WINS Servers Enhancement
tpot at linuxcare.com.au
Fri Jul 7 01:25:46 GMT 2000
Christopher R. Hertel writes:
> > I even think that it would even be nice if there was a wins
> > nsswitch library available so that UNIX systems could use
> > WINS to resolve hostnames. This would make indentifying
> > Windows clients easier in alot of cases (but, that's a
> > different issue).
> It is also a very, very ugly issue. The NetBIOS namespace is *not* the
> same as the DNS namespace. The mapping you propose may work across a
> small LAN, but it's a really, really bad idea on larger networks. It's
> also very dangerous if your DNS is part of the real-world DNS
> hierarchy. It is fairly easy to pollute a WINS database. Then there
> are also the issues of group names, name collisions, scope (both in the
> RFC sense and not) etc.
> Bottom line: The NetBIOS name space should *not* be allowed to pollute
> the DNS namespace. If you want a mapping, the DNS should be
> authoritative as it *is* the authoritative Internet naming mechanism.
> I still think it's a misleading kludge, but a NetBIOS name query going
> to the DNS doesn't mess up the DNS. A DNS query going to WINS...
Yeah well that's true, but it's not really a DNS query but a host
lookup query. Anyway, you can always configure nsswitch to
search the dns first, then netbios for names.
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