[Samba] Netbios name resolution with DHCP

Thomas, Daniel J. Daniel.Thomas at jhuapl.edu
Thu Feb 14 05:40:33 GMT 2002

DHCP is only Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol.  This is the service that
*assigns* IP addresses to machines as needed.  This service does not provide
name resolution.  You will either need to run a WINS (Windows Internet Name
Service) server (if your linux machines can use wins), or a DNS (Domain Name
Service) server.  Either setup your machines to auto register with this
server or add the ip entries yourself.  If you plan on continuing to get IP
addresses from DHCP, you will need to configure the clients to auto register
with the service.

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Wood [mailto:Robert.Wood at apostrophe.org.uk]
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 6:43 PM
To: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: [Samba] Netbios name resolution with DHCP

I have a network with RH7.2 (netbois name "server"), Mandrake 8.1 
("Linuxbox"), Smoothwall ("Smoothwall"), WinNT ("di-bosco"), Win 98 
("robertw" & "Nicole") x 2 and Win 2k ("DiBosco2k").

Smoothwall is the DHCP server.

Why would it be that all the Windows machines can ping to a netbios name, eg

ping server, ping Linuxbox etc, but non of the Linux based machines can? 
Linux machines all say

unknown host machinename

What do I have read up on to make this work on the linux machines as well? 
All the machines bar Smoothwall and RH server are dynamic IP addresses, I am

under the impression this makes things somewhat more complicated!



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