Configuring WINS Clients

WINS client settings can be configured manually, or dynamically using the proper DHCP options (044 to assign server addresses, 046 to set the node type). WINS settings are set up by access the WINS tab in the advanced TCP/IP properties.

Note that unlike in NT 4 where you could only enter addresses for a primary and secondary server, in Windows 2000 you can configure the client with a list of up to 12 WINS servers to use in order of preference. Note that the client can be enabled or disabled from using an LMHOSTS file for lookup, and can also be enabled/disabled for NetBIOS over TCP/IP. As a best practice, you should ensure that all client applications run properly before disabling NetBIOS over TCP/IP.

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