[Samba] Simple question on Wins...

Jason Williams jwilliams at courtesymortgage.com
Mon Aug 18 18:14:46 GMT 2003

Just thought i'd share a quick tid bit of info I found out today as to WHY 
I have to run wins on my samba PDC...

I was in the process today of setting up some VPN connections through our 
firewall. Reading through the docs, there was a part there that 
specifically said that a Wins server is needed. I was a little surprised by 
this so I contacted the vendor to verify this.
They informed me that a WINS server is very much needed or the VPN would 
not work properly at all.

Must to my dismay, looks like im up a creek with out a paddle at this point.

Oh well. Hopefully, in the future, when management starts listening instead 
of barking, I can set up things my way. :)

I appreciate everyones help on this list. Everyone is great.



At 10:19 PM 8/15/2003 +0000, you wrote:
>On Fri, 15 Aug 2003, Jason Williams wrote:
> > Just something I thought about today really.
> > Since I am running samba 2.2.8a as a PDC on my network and all of my
> > workstations for my clients are Windows 2000 Pro, would it be better to set
> > up the PDC to run as a wins server? wins server = yes
>Do you have any idea how frustrating it is to see this question?
>It means that years of saying "USE WINS IT IS GOOD FOR YOU" has had no
>effect! :)
>Oh well. Go on, use WINS, it's good for you! :)
> >
> > I was just curious because I found some documentation on the wins server
> > option, but for the most part, it was glossed over with real no
> > explanation. Granted, I know what wins purpose is, but would like to find
> > out more about better implementation in my network..
>Please refer me to chapter and pages in the Samba-HOWTO-Collection.pdf
>available from the Samba-3.0.0 CVS code tree. Tell us please where it is
>glossed over so we can fix it. We need to get the message across. This is
>so important, and yet we have had so little in the way of patches and
>documentation updates. You can help to make it better though, and your
>input is welcome.
>- John T.
>John H Terpstra
>Email: jht at samba.org

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