Quote:> Please tell me - where does WINS get its data for host-resolution?
> Netbios? /etc/hosts? DNS?
You have to configure all the other machines on your network to talk to the
WINS server. They announce themselves via a datagram, once they know that
they should. Ideally, you'll have DHCP on all your machines and can just
change this setting at the DHCP server -- it will then trickle out to your
clients as they renew their leases. If you shorten your lease time to 1 hour
or so, wait until all the leases are on the 1-hour limit, and then make your
changes, it will percolate out a lot faster.
When your remote box announces itself to the WINS server, it will ask, "who
is the master browser?" If that browser has registered with WINS (as it
should have), WINS will tell the remote machine who it needs to contact to get
the browse list.
Personally, I think this is a rather dumb design -- WINS and browsing should
be the *same service*. But it isn't.
Quote:> I have switched on WINS in /etc/smb.conf, but I haven't configured
> any hostnames (okay - excluding the DNS-files). Is there something
> to be done for WINS?
Configure every machine on your network to talk to it, and things should
start to work. Remember that when you are using Samba as a WINS server, you
can't have a backup -- so if it goes down, your remote browsing will fail.