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WINS Server

 

Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) servers dynamically map IP addresses to computer names (NetBIOS names). This allows users to access resources by computer name instead of by IP address. If you want this computer to keep track of the names andIP addresses of other computers in your network, configure this computer as a WINS server.

Advantages of using WINS to resolve the NetBIOS names of computers into IP addresses are summarized below:

  • NetBIOS client requests are transmitted to the WINS server. If the WINS server resolves the NetBIOS name to an IP address, no broadcast traffic is sent over the network. This basically means that traffic generated by broadcasting is reduced. Broadcasts are only used if the WINS server is unable to resolve the NetBIOS name.
     
  • The WINS database is updated dynamically. This ensures that the database remains current.
     
  • When a WINS client

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