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Special Edition Using Microsoft Active Directory by James Hudson, Sean Fullerton

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WINS

WINS is the last non-DNS name resolution methodology you will look at in this chapter. WINS is a NetBIOS name server (NBNS) used to resolve NetBIOS names to IP addresses. The previous example of NetBIOS name resolution with lmhosts was static. WINS is a dynamic service that stays current with the network and is implemented in most large Windows installations.

A Windows 2000/NT/9x computer that is configured as a WINS client registers itself at boot time with the WINS server, refreshes its entries every three days by default, and unregisters its entry when the system is shut down.

WINS also can be integrated with DNS so that, if the DNS server receives a request for a name it cannot resolve, it can contact the WINS server on behalf of the ...

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