Scavenge 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 scavenge 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 Scavenge Database.


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

  • Like other databases, you must periodically maintain the WINS database to remove outdated information. This process is called scavenging, which removes old and released entries that were registered at another WINS server and replicated to the server being maintained.

  • WINS automatically scavenges the server database at intervals you specify in server properties.

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


WINS Database Management
Maintaining the WINS database