Installation & Configuring WINS on Windows 2003


To get Linux and Windows computers to be able to use the same name resolution mechanism we can rely on DNS or Microsoft WINS.

While DNS supports global address names, WINS is better suited for mapping Microsoft Windows computer names to their corresponding IP Address.



What is WINS



Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) is Microsoft’s implementation of NetBIOS Name Service (NBNS), a name server and service for NetBIOS computer names.

WINS offers to NetBIOS names a central mapping of host names to network addresses.

Like the DNS, it is implemented in two parts.

The parts are :-

  1. Server
    • A server service that manages a database of netbios names.
    • It facilitates server to server replication, service requests, and conflicts.
    • A TCP/IP client component supports client’s registration and renewal of names
  2. Client
    • And, respond to clients query requests



  1. Windows
    • Launch Configure Your Server
      • Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Configure Your Server
    • Window – “Welcome to the Configure Your Server Wizard”
    • Window – Preliminary Steps
    • Window – Server Role
      • Select “WINS Server”
    • Avail Windows Installation Media
      • In our case Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition


Image – Welcome

Image – Preliminary Steps

Image – Server Role

WINS server is marked not Configured

Image – Configuring Components

Please insert the Compact Disc labeled ‘Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition CD-ROM’ into your CD-ROM


Files Needed – Copy files from

Summary of Selections

This Server is now a WINS Server


On each Workstation, access Control panel, networking, NIC Configuration and specify WINS Server IP Address.

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