[svlug] Configure Linux resolver to query WINS server for hostname => IP translation
Karsten M. Self
kmself at ix.netcom.com
Sat Apr 3 01:35:19 PST 2004
I've got a Debian GNU/Linux box on a legacy MS Windows network. The net
itself is managed by a router / DHCP server, which provides name
resolution via WINS. The legacy MS Windows systems are assigned
arbitrary IPs via DHCP. They're assigned semantic hostnames (e.g.:
system1, system2, ...). All of this can be changed, if desired, but....
What I'd like to know is if there's a way to configure the GNU/Linux
resolver to query WINS in addition to (and prior to) DNS, for local
hosts. It would seem that this is possible, but I'm not finding it.
I *have* found much documentation on configuring Samba to use (or be) a
WINS server. That's not my question, and is inappropriate in this case.
I've _also_ had a number of tantalizing suggestions to use winbind, but
am coming up short on docs. The winbind documentation set in particular
on Debian are minimal.
I'm _hoping_ this is something as simple as a line in /etc/resolv.conf,
but suspect it's not quite that trivial.
Long term, I'm inclined to:
- Move DHCP service from the router to a GNU/Linux box, and hardwire
the leases to specific MACs (there are a fixed set of known clients
on the subnet).
- Provide DNS services for the local net from a GNU/Linux box.
Killing two stoned birds at once.
- Set up same GNU/Linux box as a Samba PDC.
Karsten M. Self <kmself at ix.netcom.com> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
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