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I have a question about WINS and removing a 2003 DC

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I want to demote/remove a 2003 DC from our network. I think I have everything ready to go but then I noticed something, our PC's are pointing at the server I want to remove for their WINS server. I know WINS has been replaced for the most part by DNS but if I have devices pointing to the DC for WINS services and I demote the server from being a DC will that cause issues?
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by:becraig
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To be honest, I would just suggest you set your new server as the WINS server to avoid any potential issues.

Simply assign the ip to the new server and then take the old server off the network, there should be no impact.

Though I cannot easily see why WINS would be needed, you may have legacy OS's that require it.
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by:bankadmin
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So how do I set a server 2008 up as a WINS server and will the devices recognize that the new server is the wins and connect or does it have to be handed off via DHCP or something?
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Once you install the WINS feature on the 2008 server you can follow the migration steps:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd894432%28v=ws.10%29.aspx


Here is a step by step for migrating wins (should work for 2003 - 2008 as well)
http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/875419/en-us


You can also configure your dhcp server to hand out the new wins server address once you are done with migrating.
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by:bankadmin
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I will be trying this over the weekend. Thanks
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