To WINS or not WINS

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by AXJ, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. AXJ

    AXJ Guest

    Hi all

    We have two Windows 2003 Servers on our domain. I wonder if we need to set
    up WINS servers since we are using Active Directory. What is the benefit of
    WINS if we are using AD anyway?

    AXJ, Jul 28, 2008
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    Mel K Guest

    Some older applications won't work correctly without WINS/NetBIOS. For
    example, we have an older version of ARCserve that needs WINS/NetBIOS. Even
    though the app is running on Windows Server 2003, it can't browse server
    shares without WINS/NetBIOS.

    Also, I don't recall where I read this, but supposidly even Exchange 2003
    requires WINS.

    Lastly, as far as I can tell, WINS is still used for browsing (My Network
    Places). This feature is not criticial for newer clients since they can use
    AD to browse.

    So try everything without WINS. If you find that you can't access some
    resources or have unexplained Windows network issues, add a WINS server. The
    nice thing about WINS is that it's not complicated to setup. It seems like
    you have a small network, so a WINS config should be pretty simple.

    Note that WINS is primary used for name resolution and browsing across
    subnets. If you only have one subnet, then I definitely don't see a need for
    Mel K, Jul 28, 2008
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  3. AD does not need WINS

    however you may have apps/systems that still leverage WINS for NetBIOS name
    resolution. check out which apps/systems use NetBIOS name resolution. WINS
    is just the solution to accomodate that



    # Jorge de Almeida Pinto # MVP Identity & Access - Directory Services #

    Jorge de Almeida Pinto [MVP - DS], Jul 28, 2008
  4. AXJ

    AXJ Guest

    Thanks, Mel. Right now the network is small... but once we have more than a
    couple of subnets, browsing can an issue. For example, Net View still
    requires NetBIOS, I think.

    Hmmm, maybe the answer is to set up WINS.

    AXJ, Jul 28, 2008
  5. Hello AXJ,

    For AD you do not need WINS. If you will use network browsing over subnets,
    you need WINS. Also some applications like exchange use it.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber, Jul 29, 2008
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    Jorge Silva Guest

    As others said,
    -There're some Apps or internal mechanisms that may be WINS dependent
    because they rely on NetBIOS resolution, WINS becomes important when using
    those apps between different subnets, in this situation you'll need WINS
    (between subnets ONLY) because in local lan those apps will work without

    -AD doesn't require WINS because relies on DNS.

    -Apps that "MAY" need WINS:
    -Network Browsing (My Network Places...)
    -Legacy Apps.
    -NT4 systems.
    I hope that the information above helps you.
    Have a Nice day.

    Jorge Silva
    MCSE, MVP Directory Services
    Jorge Silva, Jul 29, 2008
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