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Inside Windows® Server 2003 by William Boswell

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Resolving NetBIOS Names Using WINS

The venerable Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) is an alternative to statically mapping names and IP addresses in Lmhosts. WINS maintains a database of NetBIOS names and IP address mappings that WINS clients use to register their own NetBIOS services and to find the IP addresses of the services running on other WINS clients.

WINS is based on protocols and services defined in RFC 1001, “Protocol Standard For A NetBIOS Service On A TCP/UDP Transport: Concepts And Methods,” and RFC 1002, “Protocol Standard For A NetBIOS Service On A TCP/UDP Transport: Detailed Specifications.” These are public standards but, in practice, Microsoft WINS is the only commercial NetBIOS name service.

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