IT Services

Configuring a Windows 95, 98 or Me PC to use the Central WINS Servers


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. If not, before continuing please see local instructions for details on how to connect to the University network from your location (contact your college or department IT officer for details).

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. Configuration

1.1. Checking and installing network components

If you need to use WINS, you generally need to have the Client for Microsoft Networks installed.

1.2. 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.

1.3. Checking the Existing WINS Configuration

If your PC is set to pick up its IP address details automatically, it may pick up WINS configuration details in the same way. To check whether your computer is already configured to use WINS, select [Run] from the Start menu, type winipcfg /all and click on OK. In the drop down box next to Ethernet Adapter Information, make sure that your Ethernet adapter is selected (i.e. if it is showing PPP Adapter, change it). Now look to see whether there are any numbers shown for the Primary WINS Server and the Secondary WINS Server. If the numbers for the entries are and (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 9xconfig5.jpg [Output from Winipcfg /all]

1.4. Configuring the WINS Parameters