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Difference between DNS and WINS?

Discussion in 'Network+' started by steveh2001, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. steveh2001

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    Hi all

    Wonder if someone could help me understand the difference between Wins and DNS...

    I original thought that DNS resolved internet based names, i.e. www.certforums.co.uk to an IP and WINS resolved Netbios names to an IP. But now it seems DNS also resolves netbios names?
    :blink :blink :blink
     
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  2. Malnomates

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    DNS resolves host/domain names to IP. This includes FQDN's like www.malreallystinks.com and domain name structures like mal.studying .

    In the absence of DNS you would use a HOSTS file to perform similar functions to DNS.

    WINS resolves NetBIOS names to IP on a LAN/WAN.

    LMHOSTS is an older system that performs NetBIOS to IP resolution.

    You CAN resolve NetBIOS names by DNS but for the purposes of N+ know the facts above.
     
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  3. Sparky
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  4. steveh2001

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    Thanks for the info guys! Mal - for your example of DNS resolving mal.studying - i assume this is a computer name on a domain? i.e. netbios name is mal and domain is studying?

    So... Wins could resolve mal and DNS mal.studying?
     
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  5. Malnomates

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  6. steveh2001

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    Reading now..... :D
     
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