Confusion over how to configure WINS

Peter Polkinghorne Peter.Polkinghorne at
Tue Nov 9 14:11:18 GMT 1999

samba at said:
> Mac wrote:  P.S. One possible alternative (I've never tried it, but 
> it should work), is to abandon WINS altogther.  If you have just 
> Win9x/NT and Samba clients they can get by quite happily on DNS 
> alone.  You'll have to enable 'NetBIOS Resolution uses DNS' on the 
> Win9x machines (use 'winipcfg' to check) (and the equivalent on 
> WinNT)).
> You've piqued my curiosity now.  I see it checked, but what options 
> within the Network settings *cause* it to be set?  I do have dialin 
> clients that don't seem to want to use DNS for this, and would like 
> to fix them. 

I too got excited about this - but alas for Windows NT 4.0 at least,
the DNS resolution is ONLY used after successfully contacting a WINS

However the Samba WINS server can do DNS resolution - so you could have
many of these being local - this is what we do on a per campus basis.
All our servers have a 1:1 correspondance between DNS & Netbios names.
Note this last fact is not necessarily the case.

Finally there is a Microsoft article on this: Browsing and Windows 95 
Networking - currently at:

(see also part 2 - with good flow diagram on name resolution).

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