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WINS Servers

The Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) server is a Microsoft NetBIOS name server that permits the client to search for resources by computer name, instead of by IP address. It provides a distributed database for registering and prompting for dynamic mappings of NetBIOS names over TCP/IP for networked groups. WINS maps NetBIOS names by their actual IP addresses, providing NetBIOS name resolution in routed environments.

NetBIOS names were used by earlier versions of Windows to locate, identify, register, and resolve names for shared or grouped network resources. Although the NetBIOS naming protocol established networking services in earlier Microsoft OSs, it is also used with network protocols other than TCP/IP. WINS was designed specifically for use over TCP/IP-based networks in order to simplify the management of NetBIOS namespace.


  

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