WINS in a Multi site WAN environment using IPSEC Tunnels

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

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    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
    manually.
    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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