Using nmblookup to Test Samba Naming

To test whether Samba name services are fully operational, you can use the nmblookup command. For example, the command nmblookup lax would search the network for a host with the NetBIOS name lax and return its IP address. To return the IP address of the given host name, the utility first uses a NetBIOS broadcast on the local network. If no WINS server is configured, it wouldn't go any further. If NetBIOS nodes are present on other networks as well, a WINS server must be configured to manage the names for these hosts as well.

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