Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): NetBIOS and WINS

Posted by tracyanne on Nov 2, 2011 11:24 PM EDT
IBM developerWorks : Linux
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Naming is unusual in SMB/CIFS networks. Although modern clients can use Internet domain names to refer to each other, older clients relied on a Microsoft-specific system known as the Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) server, or the NetBIOS Name Server (NBNS); the two terms are synonymous. Configuring Samba properly for name resolution is therefore important. So is configuring browsing, which is the mechanism by which servers learn what shares are available on specific servers.

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