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Is WINS Necessary for Server 2008 DC and in branch offices?

Posted on 2011-04-18
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I am upgrading my two DC's in the HQ from server 2003 to 2008.  Currently, only of the 2003 servers has WINS installed.  I also 3 remote DC without WINS.  Is it necessary to install WINS on the new 2008 servers?  And if so, should I have WINS installed on each DC in remote offices?

We are also running Exchange 2007, which I've heard conflicting yes you need it, no you don't.
Question by:ohmErnie
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Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
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You should not need WINS - I haven't installed it in years. Exchange 2003 used to have a need for it, but now everything should be done with DNS.
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Leew is one of the top ten experts on this site.....if he responds to your question you should feel privileged and definitely take his advice!

WINS is like VHS tape it is still operational but really practical or even necessary for most of today's current applications. WINS was like the infant child to DNS.
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Rephrase my last post, "But NOT really practical or even necessary"
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Unless you're running pre-XP dump the WINS.


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