About WINS Names

Microsoft's Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) provides a distributed database for registering and querying dynamic mappings of NetBIOS names for computers and groups used on your network. WINS maps NetBIOS names to IP addresses; it was designed to solve the problems arising from NetBIOS name resolution in routed environments.

Intermapper uses WINS names as follows:

  • Intermapper (on all platforms) queries devices for a NetBIOS name. This name is used as the device's smart name if the DNS name is unknown or contains the word "DHCP".
  • When adding a device that is in the same LAN as Intermapper server, you can use the device's NetBIOS/WINS name. To cause a name to be treated as a WINS name, place "\" in front of the name when adding a device. The name is not looked up in the DNS.

Note: Intermapper does not use the WINS server - it only resolves local device names.

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