10.4 WINS Management Protocol

Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) is the Microsoft implementation of NetBIOS Name Server (NBNS), a name server for NetBIOS names. WINS is used by hosts running NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NBT) to register NetBIOS names and to resolve NetBIOS names to IP addresses. WINS is applicable when an application needs to remotely configure, manage, or monitor a WINS server. To facilitate service scalability and availability, the database that NBNS uses needs to be synchronized between NBNS servers.

The Remote Administrative Interface: WINS protocol is specified in [MS-RAIW].

Because the NetBIOS protocol, defined in [RFC1002], does not support the mapping between NetBIOS names and IPv6 addresses, the Remote Administrative Interface: WINS protocol applies only to IPv4 addresses. It does not apply to IPv6 addresses.