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Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Inside Out by William R. Stanek

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Enabling WINS Lookups Through DNS

You can enable WINS lookups through DNS. This integration of WINS and DNS provides for an additional opportunity to resolve an IP address to a host name when normal DNS lookups fail. Typically, this might be necessary for clients that can't register their IP addresses in DNS using dynamic updates.

You enable WINS name resolution on a zone-by-zone basis from within the DNS console. Follow these steps:

  1. In the DNS console, right-click the zone you want to work with, and then select Properties.

  2. In the Properties dialog box, select the WINS or WINS-R tab as appropriate for the type of zone. The WINS tab is used with forward lookup zones and the WINS-R tab is used with reverse lookup zones.

  3. Select Use WINS Forward Lookup ...

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