Finding Windows boxes by their netbios name

Another tip I found – this one allows you to ping hunt for a Windows box from Ubuntu without having to change the hosts file to manually create the IP lookups.

  1. Install smbfs/cifs:
    apt-get install smbfs
  2. Edit your nsswitch file
    sudo nano /etc/nsswitch.conf

    Search through the file and look for the line that looks something like:

    hosts: files dns

    and add “wins” to the end of the line so it looks something like this:
    hosts: files wins dns
    NB: “wins” MUST come before “dns” if you are using the openDNS service.

  3. Install winbind
    apt-get install winbind

Done.  🙂  Ping away!

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