Find information and the benefits of using the Windows Internet
Name Service (WINS).
What is WINS?
WINS (Windows Internet Name Service) resolves NetBIOS computer
names to IP addresses for WINS clients on a routed network.
WINS consists of two components: the WINS server, which handles
name queries and registrations, and the client software (NetBIOS
over TCP/IP), which queries for computer name resolution.
WINS also aids Master Browser computers in constructing browse
lists for Domains that span multiple subnets.
A WINS server is a Windows server computer with WINS server
software installed. When the Microsoft TCP/IP protocol is
installed, Windows WINS client software is installed
What are the Benefits of using WINS?
WINS provides a distributed database for registering and
querying dynamic computer name-to-IP address mappings in a routed
network environment. Centralized management of the computer name
database and the database replication policies, alleviate the need
for managing LMHOSTS files.
WINS provides the ability for clients on a Windows network to
browse domains that span multiple subnets (or routers).
WINS reduces the use of local broadcasts for name resolution
and allows users to locate computers on remote networks
automatically. Reducing local broadcasts reduces subnet
When dynamic addressing through DHCP results in new IP
addresses for computers that move between subnetworks, the changes
are updated automatically in the WINS database. Neither the user
nor the network administrator needs to make manual accommodations
for name resolution in such a case.