6. Using the Central WINS Servers

OUCS runs two central WINS servers that can be used by any PC in the university. The two servers regularly replicate their databases to each other (every 10 minutes) so that any PC registered with one server is also known about by the other. Generally PCs are configured with the addresses of both servers to provide redundancy in case one server fails. Configuration is simple and the only prerequisite is that you name your PCs in accordance with the Naming Standards. This is because NetBIOS names must be unique within the WINS database, and hence potentially within the whole university — in the event of a clash, networking services on one of the PCs will be disabled, which is particularly catastrophic in the case of a server.

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