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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Setting Up a WINS Server

The Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) used to be an essential part of any large network. And those of us who’ve had to administer and manage it over the years keep hoping that the next version of Windows will make WINS go away. Sadly, it’s still around, and some applications still require it or some other form of NetBIOS to IP address name resolution. WINS provides the functional equivalent of a DNS server, except that it is for the NetBIOS namespace. WINS servers resolve NetBIOS names into IP addresses by using the WINS dynamic database to call up the appropriate name records. If all your systems are Windows 2000 or later, they can function without WINS, although you may still have server applications that require ...

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