How To Gradually Remove WINS Infrastructure In Windows 2003 AD

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Stan, Sep 2, 2006.

  1. Stan

    Stan Guest

    I have a very large enterprise within a Single Forrest W2003 Natvie Mode.
    With 3 regional child domains hookup with an Top Level AD Root Domain.

    Most devices are Windows 2003/2000/XP but I am sure we have some NT4 & Win9x
    devices dotted around.

    AD DNS is working fine as is our Hub Spoke WINS setup.
    We ave DDNS working for AD Intergrated Zones and we have some Line Of
    Business DNS Zones which are being used.

    Question 1
    How do we start removing WINS and move to DNS.
    I know WINS is required for legacy applications and older Windows system
    Is there a practicle guide I can follow so as not to impact production
    evnironments ?

    Question 2
    With devices like XP setup to use WINS & DNS, can you confirm that WINS Name
    Resolution process goes first, i.e. Local PC Cache, WINS Server 1, WINS
    Server 2,... then DNS server 1 ...

    E.g. Net use \\PCNAME --> WINS name resolution process then DNS process
    E.g. Net use \\ --> DNS process only

    Question 3
    We are using Domain DFS, Citrix applications, etc. are there know problems
    with moving away from WINS to pure DNS. A list of known issues would be
    really helpful as we would learn from previous experiance ....

    Any advice you can give will be greatfully recived ...

    Thanks in advance !

    Best Wishes - Stan
    Stan, Sep 2, 2006
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  2. Stan,

    for Decommisioning WINS Server, look here ;

    Be careful to ensure you have no applications (!) which are dependant on
    WINS prior to moving forward,

    For the way the name lookups are handled, e.g. cache first, have a look

    For the DFS issue, please post to

    Edwin vMierlo, Sep 3, 2006
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  3. Stan

    Stan Guest

    Edwin, Thank you for your response, but I was looking for :

    1. General Guidance to see how WINS servers in my stated enterprise could be
    reduced gradually before shutting them all down. How do I find applications
    that still rely on WINS ? Are there any tools that I can use to see that WINS
    addresses are being used and by which device (& application) ?

    2. I know DNS & WINS Name resolution processes and orders of H Node. What is
    NOT clear is with W2003, W2000, XP, NT4, Win9x if you have both WINS & DNS
    servers setup & used, what does each OS type use to resolve a name ?

    Will it use DNS Name resolution by default for W2003, W2000 & XP then WINS ?

    Will it use WINS Name resolution for NT4 & Win9x then DNS ?

    3. I was looking for "Watch out for ...." Web site or information when
    removing WINS infrastructure. I know there maybe lots of posts and infor but
    I cannot find a general www page which captures all known possible problems.

    If you can assist furthure I would be most greatful.

    Many thanks - Stan
    Stan, Sep 4, 2006
  4. Stan


    Aug 30, 2010
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    Hi Stan,

    I know this is a very late reply, but I'm looking for the same answers as you were four years ago and that you left the notification option on.

    How did the migration go, and what advices can you share? any luck on answering those questions you had?

    Thanks - Lukas
    sinstari, Aug 30, 2010
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