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    Hey all, I have just completed an NT4 to 2003 upgrade and the network is currently running in mixed mode (Exchange server is NT4) and a BDC I hope to get rid of is running as the WINS server.

    Now that I am on a 2003 domain I want to get rid of WINS and demote the NT4 BDC it is running on.

    What adverse effects will this have? Win98/W2K clients, if they are not given a WINS server through DHCP, will they default to DNS for name resolution?

    Many thanks for all your help

  • #2
    Re: Windows 2003 & NETBIOS

    Until you drop all NT4/9x or/and stop using Windows cluster, there no option to drop the WINS...

    http://www.comptechdoc.org/os/window.../wtcpname.html
    Last edited by yuval14; 9th December 2005, 09:49.
    Best Regards,

    Yuval Sinay

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yuval14, Blog: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/yuval14

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    • #3
      Re: Windows 2003 & NETBIOS

      > Win98/W2K clients, if they are not given a WINS server through DHCP, will they default to DNS for name resolution?

      W9x and NT need WINS always. Keep it, I say. It does no harm and can save you a lot of trouble.

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      • #4
        Re: Windows 2003 & NETBIOS

        Our corporate is running all XP clients and 2K backend and we still use WINS.

        As per wksado just leave it, it doesn't put that much of a load on the server anyway.

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        • #5
          Re: Windows 2003 & NETBIOS

          Well... as an update it has been quite a journey since my initial post, with the WINS server dying this morning and refusing to boot. All clients were unable to use network resources as their machines all complained of "there are currently no logon servers available". I then frantically installed WINS on the new W2K3 DC box, pointed a client to it, still same message.

          Then took an existing NT4 system (not a server on the domain), installed WINS on it, set it to scavenge and then set the new server in the DHCP scope and released and renewed clients.

          This seems to have sorted all network resources and outlook issues for now.

          My questions: why did the clients (all w2k machines) not revert to DNS for name resolution?

          Why did the WINS on a 2K3 server not work with these clients?

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          • #6
            Re: Windows 2003 & NETBIOS

            check this out.

            http://computerperformance.co.uk/w2k.../WINS_Home.htm

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