[Samba] Help: justification for Linux PDC vs Windows...

Andrew Morgan morgan at orst.edu
Fri Apr 11 17:57:00 GMT 2008

On Fri, 11 Apr 2008, JJB wrote:

> As I understand it, you need a WINS server for every subnet - we figured this 
> out after the fact, so we now have 3 servers running Samba so that everyone 
> can see all members of the workgroup (we are rolling out the domain slowly - 
> in the meanwhile, we don't want to lose browse functionality). If anyone has

You only need 1 WINS server for your organization (or 2 for redundancy). 
We have multiple subnets here at OSU and only 2 WINS servers.  Our DHCP 
servers had out the WINS server IP addresses to all clients, and Samba is 
configured to use them as well.  You DO need a master browser on each 

All of this is well documented in the Official Samba HOWTO in Chapter 10.


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