Delete an owner from 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 delete an owner from the WINS database

  1. Open WINS.

  2. In the console tree, click Active Registrations.


    • WINS/applicable WINS server/Active Registrations
  3. On the Action menu, click Delete Owner.

  4. In Delete Owner, click the owner you want to delete.

  5. Select from the following options for deleting records in the WINS database associated with the owner you are deleting:

    • To delete the owner and all of its records from this WINS server only, click Delete from this server only.

    • To replicate deletion of the selected owner and all its records at this and other WINS servers, click Replicate deletion to other servers (tombstone).


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

  • Tombstoning marks records as inactive for a period of time. When the WINS database on this server replicates these records to other WINS servers, the other servers preserve the tombstone state and can eventually remove these entries from a replicated WINS network of server databases.

  • In step 5, if you click Delete from this server only, records first introduced by the deleted owner can reappear after WINS replication with other partner servers that have replicated these records. To avoid this, click Replicate deletion to other servers (tombstone).

  • Once an entry has been tombstoned and its status is replicated to other servers, the tombstoned entries can be removed from WINS, in either of two ways:

    • Automatically, using the Extinction Interval, which is set from the Intervals tab in WINS server properties.

    • Manually, by performing a scavenging operation.

    For more information, see Related Topics.

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


Deleting and tombstoning records
Scavenge the WINS database
Modify name record settings