WINS in a Multi site WAN environment using IPSEC Tunnels

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by CK, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. CK

    CK Guest

    What are the best practices for WINS servers in a multi site environment
    going over WAN links. The site connection is made through an IPSEC tunnel so
    it's reliability is questionable. If a tunnel is down, how long will the
    clients have a local cache? If there is a disconnect and the clients have no
    WINS server, at what point will it be problematic?
    CK, Mar 16, 2007
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    Herb Martin Guest

    Replicated WINS Servers, with one (or more) located at each significant
    site. Significant might be defined as those with more than one subnet.

    For sites of a single subnet, the WINS Clients can be configured as M-node
    resolvers -- i.e., broadcast on the local subnet first, try the remote WINS
    server second.
    Herb Martin, Mar 16, 2007
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    CK Guest

    Thanks for the quick response. How would I set up the WINS clients to be
    configured as M-node resolvers? Is there a detriment to having to many WINS
    servers on the network? I find that occasionally, even though I have 2 WINS
    servers that are set up as replication partners, I don't have appropriate
    WINS resolution even though I have physical connectivity.
    CK, Mar 16, 2007
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    Herb Martin Guest

    For non-DHCP machines you have to change the registry to set node type.
    Mainly that YOU have to set up and keep the replicationg functioning
    Too many is likely more than a handful. 2-5 probably won't cause you
    much concern but people who have a 1000 small single-subnet sites or
    physical locations cannot really manage to have a WINS server in
    every location.
    Herb Martin, Mar 16, 2007
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