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Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Second Edition by William R. Stanek

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Chapter 19. Maintaining WINS

Microsoft Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) is a name resolution service that resolves computer names to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Using WINS, the computer name OMEGA, for example, could be resolved to an IP address that enables computers on a Microsoft network to find one another and transfer information.

WINS is needed to support pre-Windows 2000 systems and older applications that use Network Basic Input/Output System (NetBIOS) over Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), such as the NET command-line utilities. If you don’t ...

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