Recently, we switched from an NT based network to a Windows 2003 Server running Active Directory. We also run 2 domains, one in Iowa and one in Nebraska on a VPN.
We were told that under Active Directory, we didn't need to run WINS, but if we take the WINS settings out of our network settings, we can't browse the other domain by name, just ip address.
For instance, we have a server in Iowa cleverly named "Server". If I take the WINS out of my workstation and type in \\server, in my address bar, it won't connect, but if I type in \\10.0.2.2 it connects fine.
If I have WINS enables, it works fine.
Is there a reason not to leave WINS enables if things are working?