Back up the WINS database

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 8 Beta

To back up the WINS database

  1. Open WINS.

  2. In the console tree, click the applicable WINS server.


    • WINS/applicable WINS server
  3. On the Action menu, click Back Up Database. The Browse for Folder dialog box opens.

  4. Select the location for the WINS database backup. Click OK.

  5. After backup is completed, click OK.


  • Do not specify a network drive as the backup location. In addition, if you change the WINS backup or database path in server properties, perform new backups to ensure successful future restorations of the WINS database.


  • To open WINS, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click WINS.

  • The WINS console provides backup tools so that you can back up and restore the WINS database. After you specify a backup folder for the database, WINS performs complete database backups every twenty four hours, using the specified folder.

  • WINS can also be configured to back up the database automatically when the service is stopped or the server computer is shut down properly. For more information, see Related Topics.

  • When WINS backs up the server database, it creates a \wins_bak\new folder under the backup folder you have specified for Default backup path in Server Properties. Actual backups of the WINS database (Wins.mdb) are stored in this folder.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Modify backup settings
Set the WINS database path
Set the WINS database backup path
Restore the WINS database
The WINS database