Note: THis is nothing more than a rant and servers no purpose other than being a rant but the referenced HowTo is why it takes people like me so long to understand how Samba works: http://oreilly.com/openbook/samba/book/ch07_03.html
** There is no lmhosts file.
** /etc/hosts does exist but you have to enter the ip addresses and netbios names of all the other machines on the network. It may be obvious to some but the only way it will work is if all the other machines have static ip addresses.
** wins refers to a WINS server. Nothing wrong with that except that it has to have a static ip address, all of the other machines have to be modified to point to this WINS server for everything to work, and it has to be always running.
This leaves bcast. It's mentioned in the HowTo in passing, never defined, and never explicitly stated that it's the only method that works by default in Samba and should be placed first in the "name resolve order" sequence in a home LAN
not last which is the default.