wins support question
gerth-samba at graphics.stanford.edu
Sun Oct 17 02:41:06 GMT 2004
Igor Belyi wrote:
> Andrew Bartlett wrote:
>> 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
> Ok... And what would happen if there's no WINS server at all? Will this
> result in machines not finding Domain?
Without a WINS server, the default method available to a client to locate
the Domain Controller (DC) is to use a local broadcast to ask. Since
broadcast packets are by definition confined to the client's subnet, the
client will fail to locate a DC which lives on another subnet. Thus,
only very small enterprises can exist without a WINS server.
Another way to think of this is to consider that a WINS server performs
the same function for Netbios names that a DNS server performs for
IP names. You wouldn't attempt to run a network of any size without
a DNS server so likewise you shouldn't attempt to run a domain without
a WINS server.
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