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Inside Windows® Server 2003 by William Boswell

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Managing WINS

Let's get to work installing and configuring a WINS server. You'll need the Windows Server 2003 CD. You can run WINS on any of the server versions, even Web Server.

If you do not presently use WINS on your network and you are deploying only modern Windows machines (Windows Server 2003, XP, and Windows 2000), you may be able to avoid WINS entirely. Windows Server 2003 clients use DNS for resolving host names and NetBIOS names. Also, you may encounter applications that depend on NetBIOS name resolution and to support these applications in a routed environment, you will need WINS. An example is Exchange 5.5, which uses flat names to communicate between Exchange servers.

Installing WINS

If you have an existing WINS infrastructure in ...

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