[Samba] WINS and Subnets [was: Help: justification for Linux PDC vs Windows...]

Greg J. Zartman, P.E. greg at leiinc.com
Fri Apr 11 19:06:55 GMT 2008

> 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 
> subnet.

Are you pointing your clients on a given subnet to the "local master" 
for WINS queries or the primary WINS server?

I have a couple subnets, but hand out the Primary WINS ip to ALL of my 
clients.  WINS browsing across the subnets fine, but updates from the 
subnets tend to be really slow.


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