[Samba] Re: multiple wins server entries

Buck Huppmann buckh at sourceforge.net
Fri Jun 28 11:59:02 GMT 2002

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On Sun, Jul 22, 2001 at 11:23:59PM -0500, Christopher R. Hertel wrote:

> The 'wins server' parameter will take a comma separated list of
> addresses or
> names, but at present it will only use the first.  The code is there to
> allow Samba to fail over to the second, etc. if connections to the first
> start to time out (indicating that the first WINS server is down).
> I have not finished this piece because, when the failover occurs, the
> UNICAST_SUBNET record must be updated.  I wanted to work through that
> with
> Jeremy before I made it 'production'.  Perhaps at the conference.
> Some notes on what this will and won't do:
> - It WON'T allow you to query two WINS servers to resolve a name.  This
>   would result in disjoint NetBIOS name spaces which can really mess
>   things up.


we actually would have found this useful recently, when an NT WINS
server started to play dumb and give out negative responses for all
NBNS queries it received--including to DOMAIN<1b> queries from our
samba machines, which made it impossible for our users to login.
while--true--maybe we should have the bcast mechanism configured
as a fallback in the ``name resolve order'' i think we would mind
less having redundant unicast queries going to our on-subnet WINS
servers in the case of incoherently-registered or bogus name queries
than having the redundant queries be broadcast, especially since some
of our machines are on distant networks. this seems to be what an
h-node NT 4 SP6 machine seems to do, anyway, and maybe what we'll
encode into our samba installations

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