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
Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) provides a dynamic replicated database service that can register and resolve NetBIOS names to IP addresses used on your network. The Microsoft® Windows Server 2003 family provides WINS, which enables the server computer to act as a NetBIOS name server and register and resolve names for WINS-enabled client computers on your network as described in the NetBIOS over TCP/IP standards.
Before you begin using this computer as a WINS server, see Checklist: Installing a WINS server.
To find features that have been moved in the Windows Server 2003 family, see New ways to do WINS tasks.
For tips about using WINS, see WINS Best Practices.
For help with specific tasks, see WINS How To....
For general background information, see WINS Concepts.
For problem-solving instructions, see WINS Troubleshooting.