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Resolve Windows netbios names from Linux

any *nix distro

What You’ll Need:

In a heterogeneous LAN it is often useful to resolve network addresses by a computer’s name (ie. netbios name). This is especially true if the LAN does not have a DNS server so that host names can be used instead of IP addresses (which if dynamically assigned, could change often).

To enable Windows netbios name resolution from a Linux computer, make sure thatSamba is installed (although the smb service does not need to be running). The Samba suite includes winbind, which enables Windows host names to be resolved.

Then edit /etc/nsswitch.conf and change this line:

hosts:      files dns

to this:

hosts:      files dns wins

Then test by pinging the computer name of Windows machine on the LAN:

$ ping windowsbox
PING windowsbox ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=128 time=0.117 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=128 time=0.127 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=128 time=0.127 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=128 time=0.127 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=5 ttl=128 time=0.128 ms

This setting really comes in handy when mounting a shared folder of a dynamically IP’ed Windows box from Linux. Instead of using the Windows’ box IP address, just specify it’s netbios name. Example entry in /etc/fstab:

//windowsbox/my_share/ /mnt/my_mount_point/ cifs rw,username=xxx,password=xxx,domain=xxx 0 0