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Samba HowTo Guide
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WINS Lookup

A WINS (Windows Internet Name Server) service is the equivalent of the rfc1001/1002 specified NBNS (NetBIOS Name Server). A WINS server stores the names and IP addresses that are registered by a Windows client if the TCP/IP setup has been given at least one WINS server IP address.

To configure Samba to be a WINS server, the following parameter needs to be added to the smb.conf file:

wins support = Yes

To configure Samba to use a WINS server, the following parameters are needed in the smb.conf file:

wins support = No
wins server = xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

where xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is the IP address of the WINS server.

For information about setting up Samba as a WINS server, read Network Browsing.

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