Sun Jul 8 18:14:56 CDT 2012
option netbios-name-servers ip-address [, ip-address...];
The NetBIOS name server (NBNS) option specifies a list
of RFC 1001/1002 NBNS name servers listed in order of
preference. NetBIOS Name Service is currently more
commonly referred to as WINS. WINS servers can be
specified using the netbios-name-servers option.
option netbios-node-type uint8;
The NetBIOS node type option allows NetBIOS over TCP/IP
clients which are configurable to be configured as
described in RFC 1001/1002. The value is specified as
a single octet which identifies the client type.
Possible node types are:
1 B-node: Broadcast - no WINS
2 P-node: Peer - WINS only.
4 M-node: Mixed - broadcast, then WINS
8 H-node: Hybrid - WINS, then broadcast
> So my question on the end,
> Does anybody knows a solution so i can browse the network, without
> having to change the configuration of all the machines on the local
> network? Did i somewho missed an option somewhere?
I'm not aware of any other available options. Mainly because of the inherent
nature of netbios, which by default (b-node), uses broadcast packets to
build its browser list and eventually designate a master browser through an
election process. Using broadcast packets will always work fine when all
servers/clients are located on a LAN because these broadcast packets will be
answered. But since your PPTP server is in essence, acting as a router, the
broadcast packets generated by the remote PPTP client will NOT be routed
across the tunnel, so they will never be heard and/or answered. Thus, the
reason for implementing a WINS server.
If your wanting a second opinion, I have also implemented IPSEC based
tunnels in addition to PPTP tunnels. (W2K road warriors) The following link
is based on using IPSEC tunnels but describes the same problem, just using a
different protocol. Anyway, I thought the author did a very good job at
describing the content of your post and reinforcing what I have already
stated. "If you do NOT implement a WINS server... your SOL".
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