FreeBSD/Samba issue

Ben House bhouse at
Tue Mar 20 16:13:45 UTC 2007

I have a situation where we are using a samba file server 3.0.23d  with WINS
enabled on FreeBSD 5.4.  When the WINS is enabled in Samba the user
(Windows) PCs are having problems resolving other PCs on the network (using
NetBIOS), example: pinging "user" from a user PC is resolving to ""
and returning the external IP.  Removing the reference to the WINS on the PC
fixes this.  Pinging "user" from the FreeBSD box (with Samba on or off)
returns the external address to "" also.  Any other FreeBSD box (on
other LANs) doesn't seem to do this.  Can this be changed?


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