[Samba] WINS and domain controller

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Thu Sep 29 16:54:58 GMT 2005

On Thu, Sep 29, 2005 at 03:30:19PM +0100, Will Payne wrote:
> Hi,
> Is there any way to 'administer' Samba's WINS database? I'm attempting to 
> get Samba to take over our NT servers' current functionality so that we 
> can ditch them entirely. I've enabled WINS support and told our DHCP 
> server to point at it. Is there any way of viewing it's database to see if 
> it's working? 

That database in in plain text in wins.dat so it's easy to view. Currently
there aren't any good admin tools - I need to work on and fix that (thanks
for the reminder :-).

> Also, our XP boxes connect to a domain which is currently administered on 
> one of our NT boxes but I want Samba to take over this job. All our users 
> already exist as system users but I'm assuming I'll need to add them all 
> again using smbpasswd? And once they're set up, how can I set privileges? 
> Is there any way to set certain users as administrators?
> Sorry if this is all documented somewhere but if it is, I can't find it..

It's all documented in the Samba HOWTO and ref guide at :


Also available on dead trees at a bookshop near you !



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