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WINS, NetBIOS and their function

Hi!

I am new to the NetBIOS and WINS. Can anyone give me some concept what is the NetBIOS and WINS, and also what are they used for? Thanks

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Re: WINS, NetBIOS and their function

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NetBIOS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NetBIOS_over_TCP/IP

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Internet_Name_Service

P.S. Almost dead and not used anymore.

If you don't know what it is, then you obviously do not need them (espacially WINS).

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Re: WINS, NetBIOS and their function

I have read through about those article....but canot grasp the basic concept...can someone brief me on this?

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Re: WINS, NetBIOS and their function

You have to ask specific questions.

What you want now is to tell you nearly the same what is written in wiki.

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Re: WINS, NetBIOS and their function

What is the different between DNS server and WINS server?

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Re: WINS, NetBIOS and their function

DNS server serves DNS names and works on ip internet protocol, WINS serves NETBIOS names and works on NETBIOS broadcast protocol (=> can not be use in Internet environment).

NETBIOS names are flat, max 15 symbols, DNS - hierarchical, max - 255 (Each node can have a label with a maximum length of 63 characters).

Plus a huge amount of other differences. You have to read about NETBIOS and WINS to understand the difference...

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Re: WINS, NetBIOS and their function

WINS just use on the intranet only for those computer within the same domain name to communicate with each other?

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Re: WINS, NetBIOS and their function

I'll say in LAN, but yes it is possible to use it also in intranet (but there are many issues connected with max allowed WINS, db replication, etc.).

Again, you should not need it, if you don't know waht it is.

P.S. The latter is especially true as in Active directory DNS is mandatory, and WINS is kept only by people who had to keep it because of legacy infrastructure.

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