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Enable DNS to use WINS resolution

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To enable DNS to use WINS resolution

  1. Open DNS.

  2. In the console tree, right-click the applicable zone, then click Properties.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • If the applicable zone is a forward lookup zone, on the WINS tab, select the Use WINS forward lookup check box. In IP address, type the IP address of a WINS server to be used for resolution of names not found in DNS, and then click Add.

    • If the applicable zone is a reverse lookup zone, on the WINS-R tab, select the Use WINS-R lookup check box. In Domain to append to returned name, type a name.

  4. Select the Do not replicate this record check box for this WINS record, if applicable.

    If you are replicating this zone between DNS servers that do not recognize the WINS or WINS-R resource records, click this check box. This prevents these records from being replicated to these other servers during zone transfers. If this zone will be used in performing zone transfers to BIND servers, this is a critical option as BIND will not recognize WINS records.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

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

  • When this option is used, specified WINS servers configured in this procedure are used for final referral of names not found in the applicable zone.

  • Optionally, click Advanced to adjust advanced WINS lookup parameters.

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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