[CentOS] DNS problem while trying to join windows 7 to samba3x pdc

Thu Jul 8 19:49:49 UTC 2010
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On 7/8/2010 2:36 PM, Doug Coats wrote:
> I just did a checkconfig on the PDC in question  And I
> noticed something that might be nothing but it puzzles me.  The nmb
> service is set to "off" at all run levels.  If I check the nmb status it
> says that it is stopped.  Doesn't Samba need that for net-bios support?
> I am probably showing my ignorace here but what is the connection
> between net-bios names and WINS?

Netbios can use multiple network transports, some of which only have 
broadcasts to support name resolution.  Each subnet will elect a master 
browser to collect the names and respond to queries.  As an extension 
for the IP protocol which is routeable, the WINS service accepts the 
lists from multiple master browsers at a pre-configured IP address. For 
it to work, the master browser that happens to be elected on any subnet 
must be configured to use the same WINS address and must have IP 
protocol working - and the clients need the address to query as part of 
their configuration, either from DHCP or manually entered if they have a 
static IP.

   Les Mikesell
     lesmikesell at gmail.com