5. When is WINS Necessary?

As soon as you need to access Windows PCs on a different subnet, you need a method of name resolution, and that probably means WINS. In particular, if you have an NT or 2000 domain that is split across more than one subnet, WINS is pretty much essential (unless you really like editing LMHOSTS files). This probably means that most units of any size with an NT or 2000 domain need to use WINS. Any workstation that needs access to the full version of OxLIP (i.e. not the web version) also needs to use WINS. There are two ways of implementing WINS and both are used within the university.

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