WINS.DAT showing user names as machine's NETBIOS names?

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Mon Jul 16 09:47:18 GMT 2001

Kimmo Akkanen wrote:
> Hi!
> I noticed at the log's that there were a lot of errors sth. like this:
> "GetHostByAddr failed for XX.XX.XX.XX"

This will happen if you don't have a correct reverse DNS setup for your

> Samba is version 2.2.1a and is acting as WINS server. I checked the
> wins.dat file, and it contained most of the machine names & IP's ok,
> but for some there were user names in the places where the machine's
> netbios name should be! Any idea's what's causing this behaviour?

This is unrelated, and compleatly NORMAL behaviour.  WINS not only
allows comptuers to register their names, but the interactive user's
name is registered as well, for the benifit of things like WinPopup.

Andrew Bartlett

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