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A simple fix for accessing raspberry pi by hostname from windows with samba

Sat May 12, 2018 3:17 pm

I have spent a lot of time trying to configure access to the raspberry pi by the hostname through windows with programs like putty. Most of the topics I looked upon did not include the point below.

To access the PPi by hostname.local just follow the steps below:

Install samba

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sudo apt-get install samba
Edit samba configuration to include wins support

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wins support = yes 
in the configuration file

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 sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

This is the only change required in the configuration.

extract of configuration file:

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# Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:
# WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable its WINS Server
   wins support = yes
restart the service

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sudo service smbd restart

After this you should be able to access the raspberry pi by hostname from windows with programs such as putty. Such as ping <hostname>.local

I have added this post as I spent a day finding out the configuration... none of them worked... they also included many other steps not required with this intention in mind and to help the community it has been posted.

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