WINS question

Discussion in 'Server Networking' started by Sam, Aug 5, 2004.

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    You are welcome!

    Ace Fekay [MVP], Aug 7, 2004
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    Sam Guest

    This has certainly been very very informative for me. It looks like the
    moral of the story is that I'd better set up WINS after all. I was trying to
    take a minimalistic approach this time and not implement anything that is
    not needed. But reading these messages, a question poped into mind. We also
    have a Windows 2000 network with no WINS. Everything -- including Outlook
    and Exchange 2000 -- function fine. One strange problem that we couldn't
    resolve is this. We allow some users VPN into the system through ISA 2000.
    When they VPN in, they can only locate things using their IP addresses. They
    can never use their names to access them. Obviously this makes things very
    difficult if they want to Remote Desktop into their computers and their
    computers use DHCP to get their IPs.

    I wonder this could be due to lack of a WINS server. Thanks,

    Sam, Aug 8, 2004
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  3. Yes - you can't browse across a routed connection like VPN. If you set up
    WINS (hybrid node - 0x8), and specify the WINS server in the remote
    computer's IP config, it should work....
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Aug 8, 2004
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    Sam Guest

    Thanks for your response Lanwench. I really appreciate it. Would it be a
    problem if I were to setup WINS on the DC? We have two domain controllers
    and their functions are limited to AD -- DC, DNS and DHCP and they run very
    comfortably. So from a resources stand point, these machines are the ideal
    candidates. Just wondering if this would cause other problems?

    Thanks again,


    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    Sam, Aug 8, 2004
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    No problem at all. WINS uses minimal resources. In many cases WINS is
    installed on a DC. In larger infrastructures, we usually can put DHCP and
    WINS on a separate non-DC box that maybe running other services as well, and
    leave DNS on the DC (to get the AD Integrated feature).

    Ace Fekay [MVP], Aug 8, 2004
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    Sam Guest

    Thanks Ace. Your response is much appreciated.


    "Ace Fekay [MVP]"
    Sam, Aug 8, 2004
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    My pleasure.

    Ace Fekay [MVP], Aug 9, 2004
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