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Delete or tombstone an entry in the WINS database

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 delete or tombstone an entry in the WINS database

  1. Open WINS.

  2. In the console tree, click Active Registrations.


    • WINS/applicable WINS server/Active Registrations

  3. On the Action menu, click Display Records to query for and display the names you want to delete from the database.

  4. In the details pane, click the entry you want to delete.

    You can hold down the CTRL or SHIFT keys to select multiple entries.

  5. On the Action menu, click Delete.

  6. In the Delete Record dialog box, click one of the following options for deleting the selected records:

    • Delete the record only from this server.

    • Replicate deletion of the record to other servers (tombstone).


  • To open WINS, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click WINS.

  • Tombstoning marks records as inactive for a period of time. When the WINS database on this server replicates these records to other WINS servers, the other servers preserve the tombstone state and can eventually remove these entries from a replicated WINS network of server databases.

  • In step 6, if you click Delete the record only from this server and another WINS server owns the records, then deleted records can reappear after WINS replication occurs with other partner servers. To avoid this, click Replicate deletion of the record to other servers (tombstone).

  • Once an entry has been tombstoned and its status is replicated to other servers, the tombstoned entries can be removed from WINS, in either of two ways:

    • Automatically, using the Extinction Interval, which is set from the Intervals tab in WINS server properties.

    • Manually, by performing a scavenging operation.

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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