Install the WINS feature

Updated: September 15, 2010

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

You can use this topic to install Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) on the computer Content-01. WINS enables computers running Windows to find other computers using NetBIOS by mapping computer names to IP addresses. Some programs rely on WINS to function across the network, however BranchCache does not require WINS - you can use either WINS or DNS for name resolution services when you deploy BranchCache.

For this step-by-step guide, WINS is used for name resolution services because it is easy to deploy in a test lab environment.

Membership in Administrators, or equivalent, is the minimum required to perform this procedure.

To install WINS

  1. Do one of the following:

    1. In Initial Configuration Tasks, in Customize This Server, click Add Features. The Add Features Wizard opens.

    2. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager. In the left pane of Server Manager, click Features, and in the details pane, in Features Summary, click Add Features. The Add Features Wizard opens.

  2. In Select Features, in Features, scroll down the list, select WINS Server, and then click Next.

  3. In Confirm installation selections, click Install.

  4. In Installation Results, review your installation results, and then click Close.


After you complete WINS installation, either restart the computers on your network or run the command nbtstat –rr at the command prompt on each computer to cause the computers to register their name records in the WINS server database.