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Can I install a WINS Server in Windows XP Pro

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I would like to setup a WINS Server in XP Pro to help with NETBios over an OpenVPN tunnel
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WINS server can only be installed on server O/S's, unless you can find a 3rd party add-on, but I have never seen one to date. With a VPN the most common solution to NetBIOS issues is to make use of the local LMHosts file. You may want to have a look at my blog on name resolution with VPN clients:
http://msmvps.com/blogs/robwill/archive/2008/05/10/vpn-client-name-resolution.aspx
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I thank you for your help. I have been able to setup a connection.
The network neighbourhood I am still unable to get working, but I shall keep working on it
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Using LMHosts will allow NetBIOS name resolution but not browsing of network neighborhood. That can only be done over a remote connection using a WINS server at both sites which replicates network data, and with a few VPN routers that have a NetBIOS forwarding option.

Most often you do not need to be able to browse? Generally users are connecting to known resources so this is not a problem. Browsing is actually often discouraged to keep people from "poking around".

Thanks icarey.
Cheers!
--Rob
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