[Samba] wins vs. browsing, and documentation
lshaw at emitinc.com
Mon Jun 19 16:31:34 GMT 2006
I've been reading Chapter 9 ("Network Browsing") of the Official
Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide, and the documentation is
causing me some confusion.
Up at the very top of the chapter, it says:
WINS is the best tool for resolution of NetBIOS names to
IP addresses; however, WINS is not involved in browse list
handling except by way of name-to-address resolution.
But then there is a whole section in this chapter called "WINS:
The Windows Internetworking Name Server". If the two aren't
related, then why is WINS covered in the browsing chapter?
Is this just a quirk of the way the documentation is laid out,
or does it imply there is a closer connection between browsing
I think it is the former, but it gets a little confusing,
particularly when the same chapter is discussing two different
types of synchronization: synchronization between LMBs and DMBs
(which Samba *does* support -- I think) and also discussing
synchronization of data between WINS servers (which Samba does
 except that browse servers use WINS name services to
find each other, but then lots of other things use WINS
to find each other, so that's hardly a special situation.
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