Win Servers and Samba

LOVETT, David David.LOVETT at
Thu May 25 08:44:10 GMT 2000

Thanks for the reply.

I have tried the nmblookup command as you said. I first tried at our remote
site (Worcester) and then the local site (Shipley). Our servers Shipley5 and
Shipley6 do not seemed to be registered with the WINS servers however other
PCs and NT Servers at our site are.

Would I be right in thinking that for the LAN a WINS server is not needed
for name resolution which is why Samba is still working OK at Shipley? To
test this I tried setting up a client with just IP addr and Subnet set no
DHCP or WINS and could still log on to Samba. 

Basically I have a few questions which could help to resolve the situation.

Is a WINS server needed on a LAN?

Is it possible to block servers from a registering on a WINS server?

How often does Samba try to refresh with the WINS server?

If we were to set up our own WINS server would it cause havoc on the WAN?



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-----Original Message-----
From: Nick Morrison [mailto:nickm at]
Sent: 25 May 2000 05:06
To: LOVETT, David
Cc: linuxsa at
Subject: RE: Win Servers and Samba

 > Hello,


Does nmblookup work?

 > We are succesfully using Samba with a remote WINS server which
 > is located on
 > another site. We have a second site which has successfully been using the
 > same WINS server and communicating with our Samba server.
 > Recently the PCs on the second site have been  unable to connect to our
 > Samba server. The other site uses a different DHCP server to our
 > site but it
 > still gives out the same addresses for the WINS servers. We can ping the
 > Samba (using IP Address but not name) servers OK. We have even
 > been able to
 > mount drives on other PCs from our site on the PCs at the other
 > sites. For
 > some reason (possibly WINS server) we can no longer ping using
 > netBIOs name
 > or attach to our Samba servers at all from the remote site. However
 > everything is working fine at the local site.
 > We feel that someone may be trying to block our samba server domain from
 > other site using WINS server. Is this possible?
 > Regards
 > Dave Lovett

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