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WINS Config

By dennis ·
I have a server running IIS, DNS, PDC. Corporate gave us a memo today to start entering a WINS server address on all the clients. The WINS server is not on site, it is across the frame relay on the east coast. Should I have my own WINS server on site? like DNS? Or just go upto Corp. to resolve names? If I don't setup my own WINS server should I put the Corp. WINS server address in my server's IP Protocol WINS address like I would on a client?

Thanks, Dennis

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by craig In reply to WINS Config

1) how fast is your link to CORP? that is paramont.
2) how many BDC's in CORP and do you have the credentials (Doamin authority to create another one? Microsoft will not support ANY site no mater how big - with more than 25 WINS servers. WINS databases are too easy to corrupt.
Do you currently have a BDC on site? If not you're already going to CORP for all your authentications anyway - have them configure you for DHCP & point the clients to the correct servers (and tell them to do their jobs...). If your site's got static IP's then to heck with it configure the client's like they say - they don't seem to be worried about bandwidth.

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by kellyst In reply to WINS Config

First, any MS WAN engineer would say "as little of WINS servers as possible" This is because manging replication between multiple WINS servers gets more difficult with each addition. However the true answer lies with in the link speed you have to the corporate WINS server. If you have greater that 128k you DON'T need one locally. A WINS request is only about 40 bytes in size and once an address is in local cache, it will stay there until the pc is rebooted. If you don't build one than Yes you do need to point you servers to the corporate WINS as they are clients too. Managing WINS pretty much sucks, so don't do it if you dont need to

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by powerstroke In reply to WINS Config

I am not quite sure where some people get the idea that WINS creates traffic as the computer talks to it when it turns on turns off and the default renewal interval is 4 days so that is not a lot of traffic. Also if you use DHCP the WINS registration is automatic. I don't know about your network but in my company you don't just go around settig up any kind of servers without there OK. I belive if they felt having a WINS server at your location made sense then they would have said so.

The long and short go ahead and point to theirs the cost is ZERO IF you start having bandwidth problems etc...Then you could revisit the question of doI need my own.

It would be a waste not to try it without first and see what happens withou WINS your machines have been doing network broadcasts that probably eat more bandwidth than the WINS ever will!

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