The alternative to WINS is to use a (hopefully identical) static LMHOSTS table on each computer in the network.
WINS servers are often set up on the same computers that run DHCP servers to provide IP numbers.
WINS requires that Microsoft's NETBIOS messaging be bound to TCP\IP rather than or as well as Microsoft's MBF(NETBEUI) message transfer protocol.
It is possible, and desirable, to have a secondary name server on a network. Clients using WINS services will request data from the secondary server if the primary server fails repeatedly to respond. If there is no secondary server, clients have been known to stop sending name queries to the primary server.
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