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By And_the_beat_goes_on ·
Currently I have LAN's in each of my 4 remote locations. I intend on using the single master domain model to make one network that spans across our frame relay network.

Each remote location is on a different subnet. Therefore, do I need to setup WINS on the BDC's that I will install into each facility? If so, which one do I need to make the push or pull partner.

Also, in theory I know that this whole domain thing is supposed to work, but does it really? Are there any snakes in the jungle that I should look out for?

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by Some Guy in Seattle In reply to WAN Rollout/WINS

You do not *have* to set up WINS at your remote sites, but it is recommended to have WINS available there. This cuts down on NetBios broadcasts across the WAN for machines trying to browse the network. The objective here is to try and keep as muchtraffic local as possible, minimizing the amount of bandwidth used across the smaller WAN lines.

Set up your main site as the "push" site, and your remotes as the "pulls". If possible, try and set the times to push and pull at low traffic times of the day, when there isn't much else going on across the WAN. If your network is stable, without a lot of different machines being added or taken away from the network, then much of the information in WINS will remain the same, with occasional updates.

The master domain model will work in this scenario. The rule-of-thumb to remember when setting up domains is, "create a domain with resources that the member machines and users access on a regular basis. Set up trusts between domains for machines and users that access trusting domain resources occasionally."

Hope that helps,

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by NetTek In reply to WAN Rollout/WINS

You do not need a WINS server at each site. In fact, too many WINS servers will actually create problems. Be aware that all of your clients and servers will need to know the addresses of your WINS servers in order to browse properly. You can do this one of two ways. You can manually enter them into Network Properties, or if you are using DHCP server you can configure your DHCP server to provide the location of your WINS servers.

Check out Knowledge Base article Q 185786 at support.microsoft.com. It contains links to some very good information on the proper way to set up WINS in your enterprise.

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