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, you will need to connect your PC to the University network before continuing.
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.
Identificationtab and check the entry in the box next to
Computer Name:. 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 ntconfig1.jpg [Identification Changes Dialog Box]
Changeand then entering the new name in the box against
Computer Name:, then click on
Figure ntconfig2.jpg [Identification Changes Dialog Box]
1.2. Checking the Existing WINS Configuration
[Command Prompt]), type
ipconfig /alland press
<Enter>. Under the
Ethernet Adapterheading, look for entries for
Primary WINS Serverand
Secondary WINS Server. If there are numbers against these entries and the numbers are
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 ntconfig5.jpg [Output from ipconfig /all]
1.3. Configuring the WINS Parameters
Protocolstab in the Network control panel again and highlight the
Figure ntconfig3.jpg [Network Control Panel — Protocols Tab]
Propertiesbutton and then click on the
Primary WINS serveras
188.8.131.52if your computer is in a department or
184.108.40.206if it is anywhere else.
Secondary WINS serveras
220.127.116.11if your computer is in a department or
18.104.22.168if it is anywhere else.
Figure ntconfig4.jpg [TCP/IP Properties — WINS Address Tab]
Enable LMHOSTS Lookupoption.
OKto return to the Network control panel, and then on
Closeto exit. You will be prompted to reboot the PC, which you should do.