[Samba] WINS + BDC Problem

Gaiseric Vandal gaiseric.vandal at gmail.com
Wed Jul 6 07:44:38 MDT 2011

A WINS client  (be it Windows server, PDC, BDC , Samba server, XP client 
etc) will register itself with the WINS server.  The WINS Server will 
register itself.    Since Samba 3.x does not replicate WINS data, a 
machine registered with one WINS server may have trouble locating 
machines registered with  another WINS servers-  at least when browsing 
in the network places.

I believe that WINS will also be used to locate the "browser" machines- 
which track which file and printer shares are located on which machines.

If you are in a small/medium network (50 machines or under?)  you should 
be able to use a single WINS server.      My experience is that things 
work the best when the PDC is the WINS server.

On 07/01/2011 09:40 PM, Ron García-Vidal wrote:
> On 07/01/2011 07:04 PM, TAKAHASHI Motonobu wrote:
>> Currently Samba WINS server does not support replication. So the WINS
>> databases of these 3 WINS servers are not synclonized.
>> Try to use samba4wins or another replication solution.
> I think this must be my unfamiliarity with how WINS works.  How are 
> the WINS Databases populated in the first place?  Shouldn't something 
> as basic as PDC/BDC info be populated in each WINS server 
> automatically? Or is there a way for me to force this info?
> -Ron

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