Configuring Samba to be a WINS server

This is quite easy to do, and it makes browsing the smb network fast.

Configuring the server:
simply edit smb.conf (typically located at /etc/samba/smb.conf)
locate the the wins support and enable it.:

# Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:
# WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable it's WINS Server
wins support = yes

setup the way samba should resolve the hosts:

# What naming service and in what order should we use to resolve host names
# to IP addresses
#   name resolve order = lmhosts host wins bcast
   name resolve order = host wins bcast

The following option should be addet to the linux DHCP server (if you use linux as a DHCP server):

option netbios-name-servers x.x.x.x;

where x.x.x.x is the IP of the WINS server

If you use a normal router, sometimes they support pushing out the wins server, if you use a router running dd-wrt
go tothe  basic setup and add the WINS server IP, there.

If this fails you can add the WINS server manually to windows:
go to the control panel, and press the View network status and tasks, then press the change adapter setting
right click the network interface and select properties, select the TCP/IP (for windows 7 select TCP/IPv4)
and press properties again click advanced and select the WINS  and add the IP of the WINS server and you are ready to go

WINS_server_win7

For linux clients simply edit the smb.conf and add the following:

# WINS Server - Tells the NMBD components of Samba to be a WINS Client
# Note: Samba can be either a WINS Server, or a WINS Client, but NOT both
   wins server = x.x.x.x

replace x.x.x.x with the IP of the WINS server

Happy smb surfing 🙂

The Remote DVD player project.

What to do when you just get the urge to watch a DVD movie?
well over time i discarded alle my DVD players and went on using Popcorn Hour A110/WD TV Live Media players

I discovered the project called DVDReadFS The project enables a machine to read a DVD and remove the macro vision on the fly,

first i installed the following packages:
libdvdcss, fuse and the fuse-devel packages

then followed the guide at DVDReadFS for compiling DVDReadFS, i ended up making a permanent mount point in /etc/fstab

dvdreadfs#/dev/hdd /mnt/dvd1 fuse ro,kernel_cache,allow_other 0 0

I then shared the mount point in samba. Now the only thing i need to do when i wanna watch a DVD movie is to  drop a DVD in the drive and open the share on my media player

i will post some more installation details when i will me making my small networked DVD player, using a VIA C7 and a old DVD drive built into a discarded Cambridge CD audio case that i will modify, to fit the PC and drive.

to be updated!.