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Configure WINS for DHCP-enabled clients

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 8 Beta

To configure WINS for DHCP-enabled clients

  • Clients running Windows 2000, Windows XP, or the Windows Server 2003 family are configured by default to use a DHCP server to obtain an IP address. No further client-side configuration is needed.

    Instead, configure your DHCP server to assign WINS-related options needed to enable DHCP-enabled clients on your network to use WINS. For more information, see Related Topics.


  • In most cases, WINS clients only need to be provided the following NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) option types for basic WINS configuration: 44 (WINS servers) and 46 (WINS node type). These options must be configured at the DHCP server providing each client its dynamically leased IP address.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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