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How to enable a Windows host to use a WINS server from an external, trusting domain?

Points of My Scenario:

1. Servers A and B exist in separate forests in which forest A (resources) trusts forest B (accounts).

2. Server A is a SQL Server for Server B's enterprise application

3. NetBIOS name resolution is required between Servers A & B (bi-directionally) for the enterprise application to work properly.

4. Only forest A has WINS servers (2)

5. NetBIOS name resolution works on Server A but not Server B

6. I have configured both servers' advanced TCP/IP properties to point to forest A's WINS servers, but Server B still cannot perform the NetBIOS name resolution.

7. Servers A & B are in separate subnets and must not be put into the same subnet (a management prohibition)

QUESTION: How can I get Server B to successfully use forest A's WINS servers?

Windows OSActive Directory* netbios* Trust Relationships* AD Domain

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8/22/2022 - Mon

You don't need WINS. You need DNS. WINS was last needed with Windows NT 4.

Hi Kevinhsieh, I 99% agree with you.
This specific sad & depressing application requires NetBIOS name resolution. DNS does not work for it.
It is so 'unfortunate' (mildly stated) that anyone would create software today that relies on NetBIOS name resolution.

So I'm stuck, and still need the question to be answered. But thanks for your feedback so far. Any further thoughts?

Can you use lmhost file?
This is the best money I have ever spent. I cannot not tell you how many times these folks have saved my bacon. I learn so much from the contributors.

I tried lmhosts before trying WINS. I will re-try lmhosts on Server B only, while letting Server A keep WINS (since WINS is already working for Server A).
I will let you know how it goes tomorrow.
Many thanks for bringing up lmhosts.

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