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It appears there's no WINS server on our company network currently and I would like to set one up, but that's if its reasonable to do so. There's a Windows 2003 server as a domain controller and a second 2003 server as a BDC. Planning to put the WINS server role on the domain controller and setup the BDC as a secondary WINS server. Your thoughts on risks, whether and how this should be done is of utmost importance.

We map a few shared drives using the server name, such as "name" in "name.domain.com". Our Goldmine CRM shared drive is mapped that way. Lately however, Goldmine started hanging on client machines and I had to make on entry for the server name, in the client PC's hosts file to resolve that.
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Whether you have to set up a WINS server or not may be up for debate, since it is not needed for NetBIOS name resolution.  However it can be handy when you have a lot of machines.  I would actually look for other possible causes for the problem with the Goldmine software.  But there's no problem at all with just setting up WINS.  Just add it to the server under Add/Remove Programs > Add/Remove Windows Components.  You may also want to set up the DHCP option to advertise the IP of the WINS server.
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