[CentOS] How to make nodes in my local LAN see each other's names

Fri Dec 2 16:41:48 UTC 2011
Craig White <craig.white at ttiltd.com>

On Dec 2, 2011, at 9:33 AM, Johnny Hughes wrote:

> On 12/02/2011 09:46 AM, Les Mikesell wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 9:15 AM, Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org> wrote:
>>> On 12/02/2011 08:54 AM, Lamar Owen wrote:
>>>> On Friday, December 02, 2011 08:42:42 AM Les Mikesell wrote:
>>>>> [netbios naming is] like a roomfull of people yelling out their own
>>>>> name all the time as a means of identification with no way to handle
>>>>> those out of hearing distance or to arbitrate duplicates.
>>>> ...
>>>>> But that's a matter of luck, demanding that no one uses duplicates,
>>>>> and that all machines can broadcast to each other (i.e., no routers
>>>>> between them...).
>>>> WINS does not work this way.  WINS works fine even when nodes are separated by routers and is the recommended way (at least by MS) to do SMB/CIFS name resolution in a routed network.
>>> I agree with Lamar ... I use WINS on a routed VPN network that has a
>>> dozen offices that uses Samba on Linux (and OpenLDAP) as the Domain
>>> Controller.  Samba has an option called:
>>> remote announce
>>> http://www.samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-HOWTO-Collection/NetworkBrowsing.html#id2583364
>>> and another called:
>>> remote broswer sync
>>> http://www.samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-HOWTO-Collection/NetworkBrowsing.html#id2583504
>>> These two options keep all my WINS/SMB networks synced all across the US.
>> Yes, but to make it work, the wins server has to have a static IP,
>> which is what the discussion was about avoiding....  And it still
>> doesn't handle duplicate names or provide a way to delegate naming
>> rights to avoid them.   So it can work, but only under some limited
>> circumstances, and only for things using the matching protocols.  But,
>> if you have a registered DNS domain or a private one and constrain
>> your lookups to start there, you could use a DNS server that accepts
>> dynamic updates.
> There is also certainly nothing wrong with doing dynamic dns if you have
> a linux box giving out dhcp addresses.  You can run ddns and wins on the
> same box.  I have both.
I routinely do the same  ;-)