Managing WINS and DHCP

For many network administrators, the Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) continues to cling to the network infrastructure like a misbehaving relative during a holiday celebration. You simply cannot wait to get rid of the service, but you are afraid of untold consequences. Indeed, many lucky network administrators are finding they can most certainly live without the WINS service—and thereby reduce the efforts at backing up, restoring, and troubleshooting the service. WINS was great 25 years ago when computer networks consisted of 20 or 30 workstations running the NetBEUI protocol. Today with DNS, IPv4, and IPv6, WINS is not needed for most modern applications, and is only required to support certain legacy applications—legacy ...

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