samba as wins-server

Florian Hengstberger e0025265 at
Tue Feb 22 10:28:16 GMT 2005

I'm not the admin, I own a normal workstation. I just wanted
to know if setting up samba as an wins-server improves
the speed of netbios resolution. 
It seems to me that I'll get in trouble when other XP boxes are around,
because I've heard that the first win XP box on the net rules the workgroup an
manages all netbios stuff.
By the way: If samba conflicts with XP, how do XP machines
manage not to get in trouble if there is more than one XP box?


David Landgren <david at> schrieb:

> Florian Hengstberger wrote:
> > Hi!
> > I'm working in an office with several win hosts of all flavours
> > (98,2000,eXPerience). Unfortunatly the resolution of computers takes
> > sometimes up to half an hour (approx.) until they are accessible after
> > booting up.
> > In near future I'll have the chance to switch to FreeBSD with
> > my box (at least, I hope so). I'll install samba for win access to my
> > machine. Reading some documentation I've found out that samba
> > can also act as a wins-server. Will this enhance the latency of netbios
> > resolution or will it corrupt it?
> Are you the admin of this network or just a user? Is the network 
> switched or hubbed? It probably won't get worse, but half an hour seems 
> pretty excessive, there is something wrong.
> > Is there a way to speed up this process with samba,
> > am I writing complete nonsense?
> You will have to configure all the clients to direct their queries to 
> the WINS server. If you're delivering addresses via DHCP, this can be 
> communicated during address allocation, so that's not a problem. More of 
> a hassle to update fixed-address machines, but even then modern Windows 
> boxes no longer need to be rebooted for the changes to take effect.
> If this is just your machine and you don't admin the others it will have 
> zero effect.
> > Tell me if this is true.
> You might have other problems, I don't know. Have you run traces on your 
> network to see what the traffic is?
> David
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