[Samba] The "single WINS" problem

John H Terpstra jht at samba.org
Sat Nov 26 00:52:48 GMT 2005

On Friday 25 November 2005 17:41, Andreas Hasenack wrote:
> Em Sexta 25 Novembro 2005 21:45, John H Terpstra escreveu:
> > With all due respect, I belive that your alarm and concern is a little
> > excessive.
> >
> > What sort of response are you looking for? What are you hoping to achieve
> > from
> > your request?
> The point is not how often the wins service (or its machine) fails, but
> what happens to the rest of the network when it does. Considering netbios
> name resolution is not just about mapping name->IP, but also about locating
> services (who is the logon server? who is the domain master browser?), a
> single wins makes the windows network, which is already fragile, even more
> so.
> I've seen a wins server fail (kernel panic), and it wasn't pretty to the
> rest of the network.

That failure was not the fault of the WINS server. 

The simple fact is that there is NO mechanism for resolving the service 
information via DNS, except when running ADS - something that Samba-3 does 
not do.

- John T.

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