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WINS Failure

By jmiller ·
Network neighborhood had half of it's icons this morning, so I checked the WINS Server, Server Manager, and the event log. The WINS Server showed ad 60% failure rate on successful queries received. The Server Manager has one server missing and onegrayed out as well as other devices missing. The event log on the WINS Server shows a browser election each time I restart it. What's going on here and how do I fix it? I added a second WINS server to at least be able to map to the missing devices, but I would like them to appear in network neighborhood.


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by McKayTech In reply to WINS Failure

It sounds like a corrupted WINS database. Microsoft has published a procedure on recovering it - the article can be found on TechNet by searching for Q168712.

Also, there are some diagnostic tools in the NT Server Resource Kit that might be helpful - browstat.exe is probably the most directly useful in this circumstance.



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by mike.batters In reply to WINS Failure

The easiest way of fixing a corrupt WINS database is by the following steps.
1. Make a note of any static mappings in the WINS db.
2. Stop the WINS service.
3. Go to WINNT\System32\WINS4. Delete ALL the files in the directory, but NOT the directory itself.
5. Start WINS service.
6. Re-Input any static mappings

You should find that your WINS db solwly rebuilds back to the point you were at before the corruption. You can also 'Initiate Scavenging' in the WINS Manager as well which should speed the process up a little.

Hope this helps.


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