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How to set WINS values in 10.5 Network
This one will definitely fall into the "the answer was so simple I'm glad nobody knows I was having the problem" category. I've read many of the posts about the disappearing WINS settings, and the inability to find Windows shares on a LAN. Here's how I got it to work.

First, your workgroup info is now in the Networking pane of System Preferences, which is most likely where it should have been in the first place. Second, if you have the default setup and attempt to change your WINS info, it will revert to default. It seems that in 10.5, the 'Automatic' location has a rigid template for WINS that cannot be changed.

So, the painfully simple solution. Make a new template, then change your WINS information so that your NetBios name is something more fitting than Macintosh, and your workgroup is ... well, your workgroup. Apply, save changes, etc. Voila!
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repeat of hint from last week
Authored by: sr105 on Nov 14, '07 07:41:27AM
Isn't this a repeat of this hint: "10.5: How to set the Windows Workgroup"?

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repeat of hint from last week
Authored by: frank nospam on Feb 27, '08 08:45:00AM

The hint last week was incorrect though. You don't need to name your new location to match the workgroup.

The real answer is that the built-in "Automatic" location refuses to accept WINS changes. Therefore use any other location, including a new one renamed to Automatic, and changes will stick properly.



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