Name Query (again)

Silviu Marin-Caea silviu at
Fri Sep 14 05:08:02 GMT 2001

There is a samba in the network configured as PDC, domain master
browser, WINS server.

There is also a number of sambae that are just fileserving.

These broadcast a Name Query <1d> every 300 seconds.

Other computers (win9x/me or 2k) don't do that.

I found thins on a Microsoft doc, but I'm still confused.  It's still
not clear to me what purpose serves that broadcast, and what do I need
to specify in the config files to eliminate it.

Registered only by the Master Browser, of which there can only be one
for each subnet. This name is used by the Backup Browsers to
communicate with the Master Browser to retrieve the list of available
servers from the Master Browser.

WINS servers always return a positive registration response for
domain_name[1D], even though the WINS server does not "register" this
name in its database. Therefore, when a WINS server is queried for the
domain_name[1D], the WINS server returns a negative response, which
causes the client to broadcast to resolve the name.

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