Because WINS actually replaces the broadcast communication on a network, it has a positive impact on network resources and bandwidth usage. This does not mean that WINS does not generate any network trafficjust that the traffic is more organized and efficient. The amount of network traffic generated by WINS clients to a WINS server is minimal and should not have a negative impact in most network environments.
WINS server information can be entered manually into the TCP/IP configuration on a system, or it can be supplied via DHCP. If the WINS server addresses change and the client configuration is being performed manually, each system needs to be reconfigured with the new WINS server addresses. If you are using DHCP, you need to update only the DHCP scope with the new information.
Removing WINS from a network increases the amount of broadcast traffic and can potentially limit browsing to a single segment unless another method of resolution (such as the use of the statically maintained
LMHOSTS file) is in place.
Adding, Modifying, or Removing DNS
The function of DNS is to resolve hostnames to IP addresses. Without such a service, network users would have to identify a remote system by its IP address rather than by its easy-to-remember hostname.
Name resolution can be provided dynamically by a DNS server, or it can be accomplished statically, using the
HOSTS file on the client system. If you are using a DNS server, the IP address of the DNS server is required. DNS server addresses can be entered manually, or they can be supplied through a DHCP server.