Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 307314 contains the following summary:

This step-by-step article describes how to install Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) to a Windows 2000-based server. WINS provides name resolution of Internet protocol (IP) addresses to NetBIOS names. WINS automatically maintains a database that contains the mappings between IP addresses and NetBIOS (host or friendly) names. WINS is a replacement for the LMHosts file that requires manual configuration.

Before you begin this procedure, you must have the following information:

  • The DHCP and a DHCP scope


  • The host name or friendly name that you want to assign for your server


  • The IP address that you have assigned for your WINS server.


  • The subnet mask for your server


  • The default gateway for your server


  • The IP address of your preferred DNS server


  • The IP address of your alternate DNS server if you have one.