Samba and Lmhosts: HELP NEEDED
curtis at maurand.com
Fri Jan 26 13:29:50 GMT 2001
I would hope that replication between nmbd servers was coming since one of
the good things (there are a couple) about the NT Versions of WINS servers
is that they will replicate information between each other. Windows
machines are capable of having multiple WINS servers designated.
I would hope that your network is more reliable than what you infer,
especially if its a campus. You can have a departmental WINS and a central
one. primary is the central. As for a single point of failure, you could
cluster a couple of 486's to do this job. We're talking about a process
that has almost no load on it. Its only memory intensive and not much of
NMBD on *nix is *very* reliable. If you have problems with network
connections dropping, then you have bigger troubles than the nmbd daemon
going away. I'd be working on network reliability. a common lmhosts file
is a bandaid. Worse, how do you plan to keep it updated? Do you intend to
have a process come get the latest and greatest lmhosts file periodically?
The idea becomes unworkable as your network grows over about 30 or 40
workstations. If you're a college, you probably have hundreds. Also if you
have a central file located on a server somewhere, you have the same single
point of failure that you had before since everytime a windows machine
reboots (and they do it much more often than anything else.) they need to
read that file.
----- Original Message -----
From: "werner maes" <werner.maes at cc.kuleuven.ac.be>
To: "Curtis Maurand" <curtis at maurand.com>
Cc: <samba at us5.samba.org>
Sent: Friday, January 26, 2001 7:57 AM
Subject: Re: Samba and Lmhosts: HELP NEEDED
> Why we don't want to use one central WINS-server?
> We have several departements who still want to work (logon)
> when the central WINS server is down or when the network connection to the
> WINS server is down. When you have one central WINS server for all the
> servers, you have a 'single point of failure'.
> Someone told me that there is a patch available that allows a WINS server
> to interact (query) other WINS servers. Have you heard of this?
> Thanks alot,
> Werner Maes
> At 07:35 26/01/2001 -0500, Curtis Maurand wrote:
> >That scheme is why WINS was developed in the first place. All machines
> >the network should be talking to the same WINS server regardless of the
> >domain. that will solve your problem. The WINS server could be halfway
> >around the world. As long as hosts on your network can query it, it'll
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