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Thread: HOWTO: Resolve Netbios hostname system-wide

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    Mar 2005


    Let me start with a little background info. I manage a computer lab with 85 workstations. I ocassionally use either RDP or VNC to do some maintenance. I have no problem doing this from windows, but I wanted my lonely Ubuntu workstation to be able to do the same thing. After about a week of research I am finally able to ping my windows workstations via their Netbios names. Woohoo!!

    All you have to do is:

    edit /etc/nsswitch.conf

    change the line that says

    hosts: files dns
    to this:

    hosts: files wins dns
    (order does matter)

    finally, you need to install winbind

    sudo apt-get install winbind
    that's all that it took for me.

    now ping <hostname> works great. And I can finally use the built-in terminal server client with hostnames instead of IP addresses.

    I hope this brief guide can be of help! Thank you all for always providing such great support in these forums!
    Last edited by dmizer; November 6th, 2008 at 10:12 AM.


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