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, please see here for details on how to connect 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.
Start, then Control Panel, then Performance and Maintenance, then System (if you have switched the control panel to Classic View then you can skip the Performance and Maintenance step.)
Computer Nametab 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 xpconfig1.jpg [Network Identification System Properties]
Changeand 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 xpconfig2.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
[All Programs], then
[Command Prompt]), and in the window that appears, type
ipconfig /alland press
<Enter>. 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 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 (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 xpconfig6.jpg [Output from ipconfig /all command]
1.3. Configuring the WINS Parameters
Start, then Control Panel, then Network and Internet Connections, then Network Connections (if you have switched the control panel to Classic View then you can skip the Network and Internet Connections step.)
[File]menu. If necessary, scroll down the list under
This connection uses the following items:until you find the entry for Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
Figure xpconfig3.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
126.96.36.199if your computer is in a department or
188.8.131.52if it is anywhere else. Click on
Figure xpconfig5.jpg [Adding a WINS Server]
Addagain and enter the IP address of the second
184.108.40.206if your computer is in a department or
220.127.116.11if it is anywhere else.
Figure xpconfig4.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.