[Samba] Multinetwork environment without WINS server

Christopher Springer cspringer at brcrp.com
Thu Dec 23 05:44:38 MST 2010

If you use DHCP on your network the following directive (on a Linux 
server running dhcpd) will automatically distribute the WINS information:

option netbios-name-servers XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX

This is the easiest way I've found to handle the Netbios situation with 
Samba in a multi-site environment.  We have 6 sites total and it has 
worked flawlessly since the time I installed it.

Christopher Springer
IS/IT Systems Administrator
BRC Rubber&  Plastics, Inc
Office: 260-693-2171 x389
Cell: 260-750-2929
cspringer at brcrp.com

On 12/22/2010 09:24 PM, TAKAHASHI Motonobu wrote:
> 2010/12/23<tms3 at tms3.com>:
>>>> Is there any way to use samba as pdc in multinetwork environment without
>>>> WINS server? In this case (without wins), how will computers find pdc?
>>>> --
>> Sure...LMHosts files on all the workstations.  Kinda messy.
> Refer to the KB150800: Domain Browsing with TCP/IP and LMHOSTS Files
>   http://support.microsoft.com/kb/150800/en-us where you will find how to
> setup your LMHOSTS files.
> You will use shared LMHOSTS file using #INCLUDE method: KB102725
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/102725/en-us
>>   You could allow
>> the NETBios traffic to run wild on your network...with local workstations
>> becoming local browse masters. All kinda messy.
> WINS can not reduce the traffic about NetBIOS browsing, which always use
> broadcasts regardless of WINS.
> But WINS can reduce the traffic about NetBIOS name resolution, using unicast
> to WINS servers instead of broadcasts.
> ---
> TAKAHASHI Motonobu<monyo at samba.gr.jp>

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