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About WINS service environment of Windows Server 2016 or 2019 RRS feed

  • Question

  • We are considering renewing the DC environment.

    The current DC is OS 2012 R2, functional level 2008 R2, and is using the service.

    I am planning to build a new DC with OS 2016 or 2019. Can I use the WINS service?

    Is the use of WINS service on this OS a deprecated configuration?

    Also, from the following MS information, are there any restrictions when using the WINS service?

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/ja-JP/a11d49fe-80a9-42b6-8baf-ca47aee8481f/windows-server-2016-12434-wins-12469125401249612540?forum=Wcsupportja
    Thursday, May 27, 2021 8:43 AM

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  • Server 2019 does support WINS, WINS role can be added using usually add roles and feature wizard or using PS cmdlet Install-WindowsFeature WINS

    Any reason why you are still using WINS? Its a legacy technology I would highly recommed using DNS and also disabling NetBios on all machines as its highly vulnerability and easily exploitable.

    Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:21 PM
  • Hi

    The Windows Internet Name Service is a legacy computer name registration and resolution service that maps NetBIOS computer names to IP addresses.

    If you do not already have WINS implemented on your network, do not implement it; instead, implement the Domain Name System (DNS). DNS also provides computer name registration and resolution services, and includes many additional advantages over WINS, such as integration with Active Directory domain services.

    • Proposed as answer by KHURRAM RAHIM Thursday, June 17, 2021 7:23 AM
    Friday, June 4, 2021 2:42 PM
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    Friday, August 27, 2021 10:07 AM
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    Saturday, August 28, 2021 8:55 PM