[Samba] Do I need a WINS server if I want to browse?
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Thu Dec 18 03:53:56 GMT 2008
I tried the UPD broadcast only method on a test network with 2 computers. It took about 5 minutes for the workgroup to show up in the network neighborhood.
Is that the slowness you are talking about? Or is a WINS server the same?
On Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 02:36:46PM -0600, Dale Schroeder wrote:
> WINS is not absolutely required, but it does make things faster and more
> reliable and is quite easy to set up in Samba.
> In workgroups, I like to make a Samba server the master browser and WINS
> DNS becomes a necessity when the network is an AD domain. In the small
> network you described in your original mail, DNS would not be required.
> Basically, the more complex your setup, the more of these name resolution
> servers you would want.
> Uriel Avalos wrote:
> 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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