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

Scott Grizzard scott at scottgrizzard.com
Thu Dec 18 03:35:14 GMT 2008

What is the advantage of NOT running a WINS server?

I always thought that if the WINS server was down (even if it is  
listed in the dhcp that the clients get), the Windows and Clients  
revert to broadcast for name recognition - so there is no reason not  
to run one on the network.  Is that not correct?

- Scott Grizzard
On Dec 17, 2008, at 10:22 PM, Michael Heydon wrote:

> Uriel Avalos wrote:
>> So why do you not recommend UPD broadcasting? too much extra  
>> network traffic? but for a small network (max 5 computers) isn't  
>> that "extra" traffic insignificant
> The extra traffic is insignificant even in a much larger network  
> (50-100 machines) assuming a 100mbit network. Broadcast resolution  
> is unreliable. With just 5 machines which don't get rebooted much  
> you might never notice it, but then again maybe you will.
> I run WINS on my home network of 3 machines, maybe it's not  
> necessary but it takes a whole 2 lines in config files to make it  
> work (In the time it took to ask if it was necessary you could have  
> set it up several times over). Why not do it properly now rather  
> than risk things breaking later?
> *Michael Heydon - IT Administrator *
> michaelh at jaswin.com.au <mailto:michaelh at jaswin.com.au>
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