NetBIOS resolution with Ubuntu BIND server

Corey Edwards tensai at zmonkey.org
Wed May 6 15:38:55 MDT 2009


On Wed, 2009-05-06 at 15:34 -0600, gregorcy wrote:
> 
> Stephen Ward wrote:
> > Several months ago our W2k3 domain server crashed and burned and I
> > hired a contractor to build us a Linux (Ubuntu 8.10) replacement.
> > Everything is working swimmingly except one thing: NetBIOS name
> > resolution.
> > 
> > There are many times when from one Windows box, I'd like to be able to
> > reach another Windows box by its NetBIOS name.  Because the Linux
> > server is running BIND and a DHCP server, I've been able to get around
> > this issue by effectively giving out static workstation IP addresses
> > and then adding an entry to the DNS server.  This process is getting
> > tiresome, though, and I'd like to get things working "the way they
> > should" (quotes are there to indicate that I fully realize that such a
> > thing is totally subjective).
>
> You need samba to start (use?) NMDB.
> 
> > http://us1.samba.org/samba/docs/man/manpages-3/nmbd.8.html

Samba will work. The other option would be to use dynamic dns updates.
I've never personally set it up, but I've heard rumors that it can work.
But if it were me, I'd use Samba as a domain controller.

Corey

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