Origins of WINS

Whether your network uses DNS or WINS, name resolution is an essential part of network administration. Name resolution allows you to search your network and connect to resources using names such as “myprinter” or “ourfileserver” rather than memorizing a host’s Internet Protocol (IP) address. Remembering IP addresses would be even more impractical when using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) for address assignment because the assignments may change overtime.

WINS is supported by DHCP services. Whenever the computer you named “fileserver01” is dynamically assigned a new IP address, the change is transparent. When you connect to fileserver01 from another node, you can use the name fileserver01 rather than the new IP address ...

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