NetBIOS name resolution from FreeBSD?
So, I'm banging my head against this and the answer may be simple, but I'm not stumbling into it.
I have a FreeBSD 6.3 box that does some monitoring, arpwatch, ntop, etc. at work.
I'd like this box to be able to resolve NetBIOS names - we have a number of thin clients and other devices that do not register with DNS. From a Windows machine with NetBIOS over TCP/IP enable I'm able to ping these things by name. I want to be able to do the same with the FreeBSD box.
I assume I need nmbd for this. So I installed samba. I'm running nmbd by itself right now, as I don't need any file shares or anything. I let it run overnight, in fact. And still, I can't ping any nodes by NetBIOS name.
Here's what I believe is the relevant section of smb.conf:
# Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section: # WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable it's WINS Server wins support = no # WINS Server - Tells the NMBD components of Samba to be a WINS Client # Note: Samba can be either a WINS Server, or a WINS Client, but NOT both ; wins server = w.x.y.z # WINS Proxy - Tells Samba to answer name resolution queries on # behalf of a non WINS capable client, for this to work there must be # at least one WINS Server on the network. The default is NO. ; wins proxy = no # DNS Proxy - tells Samba whether or not to try to resolve NetBIOS names # via DNS nslookups. The default is NO. dns proxy = no
I CAN, however, ping the FreeBSD box by name from Windows clients! But... that's not what I need, unfortunately.
So, what am I missing? Am I incorrect in my understanding of Windows networking? Does nmbd not provide the functionality I'm looking for? Am I likely just missing a simple configuration piece?
(By the way, if this should have gone into ports and packages, please move, and I apologize.)
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