wins server

This specifies the IP address (or DNS name: IP address for preference) of the WINS server that nmbd 8 should register with. If you have a WINS server on your network then you should set this to the WINS server's IP.
You should point this at your WINS server if you have a multi-subnetted network.
If you want to work in multiple namespaces, you can give every wins server a 'tag'. For each tag, only one (working) server will be queried for a name. The tag should be separated from the ip address by a colon.
You need to set up Samba to point to a WINS server if you have multiple subnets and wish cross-subnet browsing to work correctly. See the chapter in the Samba3-HOWTO on Network Browsing.

Example: mary: fred: mary:


Supported on: At least Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 family

wins server

Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Samba\smb_conf\wins server
Value Namewins server
Value TypeREG_SZ
Default Value


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