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DNS vs WINS

WINS is a NetBIOS name resolver. Why in my network I can work without using WINS and only just a DNS server ?

Thanks in advance
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Tim HolmanCommented:
Use LMHOSTS.
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SembeeCommented:
Depends on whether you have any systems that cannot understand DNS for name resolution.

NT4
Windows 9x etc
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If you are a pure Windows 2000 and higher then you can go to a DNS only environment. I have four or five clients just using DNS without any problems.

Simon.
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adamdrayerCommented:
WINS is the older microsoft-specific name resolution service that carries more information than DNS but is also much more inefficient is certain ways like broadcast packets.  There are scenarios where it is nescessary to run WINS on older or larger systems, but with newer smaller networks where you are only running TCP/IP, you can use DNS which is the Internet name resolution standard.  For internet connectivity, you need at least DNS.
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omegabetaAuthor Commented:
The system is NT4.0 workstation
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SembeeCommented:
NT 4. You need WINS. No arguement. You will need DNS as well if the machines are going to browse the Internet or internal web sites.

Simon.
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Tim HolmanCommented:
PS - You CAN work without WINS, but you would need to make sure DNS was updated with the names of all your internal servers.  Network neighborhood won't work, and neither would most of the NET commands.
My advice - install a WINS server if you can - it's free (as long as you have a server license), easy to setup (self-updating) and will save you a lot of headaches !
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