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2004/02/04 WINS


© February 2004 Tony Lawrence

A WINS server provides browsing information about machines on its network: the purpose is to provide the ability to browse across networks withoutpassing broadcast packets between them.

Until fairly recently, Samba couldn't function as a WINS server, so instead we'd use LMHOSTS files to provide static information.

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WINS is an acronym for Windows Internet Naming Service. For Windows 2000 and eXPerimental, WINS is no longer required, as Microsoft finally caught up with the rest of the world and started using DNS instead of NetBIOS naming. WINS is still required in order to support Win95/98/ME or Windows NT clients.

--BigDumbDinosaur



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