In order to use the central WINS servers your PC must be connected to the Oxford University network via an Ethernet connection and have an IP address assigned. Generally if you can connect your PC to the University network and access the world wide web using Internet Explorer, Netscape or Opera this has been done.
NB If you are an IT Manager responsible for setting up PCs in a college, department or other unit, please make sure that you have read the Naming Standards document before you continue.
1.1. Naming your PC
In order to use the central WINS servers, it is essential that your PC has a name that is unique within the whole of the University. If it doesn't, you can find that some networking services are disabled, and you cannot access some resources on the network. For example, a common reason for using WINS is in order to access the full version of OxLIP. If your PC has the same name as another PC using WINS, you may not be able to access OxLIP until you change the PC name.
Network Identificationtab and check the entry against
Full computer name:. If the name has full stop (".") characters in it, look only at the part of the name up to the first "." character. If your computer is located in a college, department or college annex, your IT officer may have already given your PC a sensible name, or given you a name to use. Your PC generally has a sensible name if it includes part of your unit (i.e. college or department etc.) name or unit acronym. Examples of sensible naming include BNCnnnn and nnnnBRAS (Brasenose), WOLFnnnn (Wolfson), nnnn.oucs (OUCS), where nnnn can be any number of numbers and letters up to a maximum name length of fifteen characters. If your PC has a sensible name, leave it as it is and skip to the Configuring the WINS Parameters section below.
Figure 2kconfig1.jpg [Network Identification System Properties]
Propertiesand then entering the new name in the box under
Computer Name:, then click on
OK. You will see a message telling you that you have to reboot for changes to take effect.
Figure 2kconfig2.jpg [Network Identification Changes Dialog Box]
OKto exit the
Systemcontrol panel. If you have changed the name you will be prompted to reboot click on
Yesto do so.
1.2. Checking the Existing WINS Configuration
[Command Prompt]), and in the window that appears, type
ipconfig /alland press the
<Enter>key. Under the
Ethernet Adapter Local Area Connectionheading, look for entries for
Primary WINS Serverand
Secondary WINS Server. If these entries exist, and the numbers for the entries are 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 (in either order), then your PC is already configured to use the central WINS servers and you can skip the rest of these instructions.
Figure 2kconfig6.jpg [Output from ipconfig /all command]
1.3. Configuring the WINS Parameters
[File]menu. If necessary, scroll down the list under
Components checked are used by this connection:until you find the entry for Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
Figure 2kconfig3.jpg [Local Area Connection Properties Dialog Box]
Properties. Then click on the
Advancedbutton and finally on the
Addand enter the IP address of the first
188.8.131.52if your computer is in a department or
184.108.40.206if it is anywhere else. Click on
Figure 2kconfig5.jpg [Adding a WINS Server]
Addagain and enter the IP address of the second
220.127.116.11if your computer is in a department or
18.104.22.168if it is anywhere else.
Figure 2kconfig4.jpg [Advanced TCP/IP Settings WINS Tab]
Enable LMHOSTS Lookupoption.
OKagain to exit the Local Area Connection Properties. You probably won't be prompted to reboot the PC, but you may need to do so anyway. If you try to use something that requires WINS (e.g. accessing the full version of OLIS) and it doesn't work, reboot and try again.