WINS Servers

Although Windows 2000 Active Directory and Windows Server 2003 Active Directory domains do not require WINS for name resolution, the administrator might need WINS for name resolution in the event that down-level clients still exist that utilize WINS and NetBIOS communication for that purpose.Windows Server 2003 includes a server role for the WINS server that can be configured to provide that resolution service as needed. Security concerns that have been evident in past configurations ofWINS still exist, and the administrator must follow configuration procedures and utilize appropriate security measures to mitigate the risks involved.

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