Should I use WINS and Computer Browser?

Posted on 2007-10-08
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I have a native windows 2000 domain.  There are some Windows 2003 member servers and all of the workstations are windows 2000 pro.  I have several remote location that are connected via site to site VPNs.  Each location is on it's own subnet and routed via the firewall/vpns.  Only the main location has servers, the remote offices have under 10 workstations.

My questions are...

1) Is it necessary to use WINS? Do I get any benifits from it or should I just remove it from the domain completly?

2) Same with Master browser.  I disabled it on all of the workstations.  Do I need it on the member servers and DCs?
Question by:escorrego
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    Accepted Solution

    1) No, WINS is not necessary.  You can remove it, but will not really experience any real benefits as DNS is the preferred provider and will be used first, anyhow.

    2) No, you do not need a Master Browser.  However, same as the above, you are not going to get a real benefit from it.  There is a FSMO role that is defined on the first server in the domain that dictates that this server is the Master Browser.  

    Personally, I wouldn't worry about it.  You are not going to get any real improvement in performance and it really isn't worth your time.

    Author Comment

    So it's safe to disable the Computer Browser service on all workstations, member servers and domain controlloers?

    Author Comment

    I just want to make sure everything will still work if I disable the computer browser service on all computers and remove WINS from the domain.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Brian Pringle
    It will work, but it probably isn't worth your time.

    Author Comment

    I'm trying to clean up the event logs.  I was getting browser errors.  I made some changes that might of resolved them.  Time will tell.

    I'm still on the fence about disabling it.  WINS isn't setup currently, maybe I'll insall WINS and disable the browser service.

    Thanks for the info.

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