[Samba] The "single WINS" problem

Michael Gasch gasch at eva.mpg.de
Thu Dec 1 08:11:22 GMT 2005

thanks, you´re a great help for us!
all machines are in the same subnet incl. PDC/BDC.

so it should be no prob as expected if WINS fails (DNS/Broadcast 
fallback) ...
please correct me if i´m wrong.


Andreas Hasenack wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 30, 2005 at 10:23:44AM -0600, Gerald (Jerry) Carter wrote:
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>>Andreas Hasenack wrote:
>>|> so what really happens when WINS server dies (or the PDC at all)?
>>|> we have a PDC/BDC samba setup.
>>| Name resolution for servers outside the
>>| local subnet fails.
>>|> it would be a mess if the BDC could not be asked
>>|> for logons because WINS of PDC fails, when PDC is down!!!
>>| That's what happens in my case, the BDC is useless
>>| because the machine hosting the WINS service crashed.
>>Right.  We dont't do wins replication right now.
>>But if people really want WINS replication, we can do
>>it.  There's been a few patches and metze has made
>>amazing progress with it in the Samba 4 tree.  It's
>>more an issue of developer resources.
>>Nothing is impossible in software :-)
> I would be very happy with something that did replication among samba
> servers, I wouldn't even worry about windows server compatibility. After
> all, samba already does the PDC BDC dance without windows compatibility
> and it works very well (thanks!).
> Searching for alternatives I even found an interesting one that I didn't
> know about: #INCLUDE \\server\share\file in windows' LMHOSTS ;) A poor
> man's read-only wins ;)

Michael Gasch
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