Preloading WINS registrations
GERDESJ at gkn-whl.co.uk
Fri Mar 2 09:09:49 GMT 2001
I have a couple of Samba boxes, one of which is dedicated to WINS. The other I dole out anti-virus stuff to 3,500 odd PCs from.
This second one will disappear from the WINS server from time to time which is a bit of a pain. I use nmblookup -R -U <wins_ip> <2nd_box_ip> to test for it. All clients are configured as "P" nodes so WINS is a bit essential. To bring it back I do a smb stp smb start and off it goes. Now this is fine as far as it goes but any PCs updating at that time can get a little upset. There are 500 odd smbd running at any one time.
For example these are the entries when it is registered:
"VOYAGER#00" 983543441 172.16.12.100 44R
"VOYAGER#03" 983543441 172.16.12.100 44R
"VOYAGER#20" 983543441 172.16.12.100 44R
I understand the #0x corresponds to the entry type but what is the 9 digit number to the right of that ?
Can I get away with creating my own entries in the wins.dat file ?
Will nmbd use a host file or lmhosts in response to queries or does it just use the wins.dat which it maintains ?
Bottom line - How can I ensure my WINS server will always respond to certain queries ?
Another bottom line - Why can't my Samba daemons be as stable as my NT boxen (har har har) ? OK why does Samba not re-register occasionally (seems to be about a week, which is the final time out on an entry I believe)
Sorry, lots of questions, anyone able to help ?
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