[Samba] Do I need a WINS server if I want to browse?

Sébastien Prud'homme sebastien.prudhomme at gmail.com
Wed Dec 17 22:33:22 GMT 2008

You don't need a WINS server if you're in only one subnet (no routers
on your network).

But even in that case i advice you to use one to avoid broadcasts.

DNS is not used for NetBIOS name resolution. Broadcasts and WINS are
used for NetBIOS name resolution (and registration).

2008/12/17 Uriel Avalos <amscopub-mail at yahoo.com>:
> The docs aren't clear, so don't think that I'm being lazy and want a quick answer. (I'm reading Ch 10 of the how-to)
> On the one hand it says, "where there is no WINS server, all name registrations + name lookups are done by UPD broadcast." So then I don't need a WINS server.
> But then it says, "Clients wishing to browse the network make use of this [DMB] list but also depend on the availability of correct name resolution..."
> So then I need a working DNS setup and a WINS server (if I use a DMB) and only in the case of a DMB? Can someone clarify this for me?
> Here's my setup:
> * only one subnet
> * mixed environment (windows + linux)
> * all boxes using NetBIOS over TCP/IP (default)
> * DNS is NOT working
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