wins support question.

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Sun Oct 17 02:07:43 GMT 2004

On Sun, 2004-10-17 at 10:30, Igor Belyi wrote:
> After advising number of people to set "wins support = yes" to fix their 
> "Domain Controler not found" problems I finally looked in man smb.conf 
> and saw "...that you should NEVER set this to yes...". My bad, I know.
> Now, can somebody point me to the right direction to find out HOW 
> Windows machines find PDC and what kind of problems can prevent them to 
> find it before or after joining its Domain.

On any NetBIOS network, there should be one, and only one WINS server. 
This server should be notified to DHCP clients by setting it in DHCP
(dhcpd.conf for the ISC DHCP server), and manually configured on all
Samba and fixed-address machines.

A Samba server becomes the one wins server for the network by setting
'wins support = yes'.  

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                 abartlet at
Authentication Developer, Samba Team  
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College   abartlet at
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