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What's the best way to move from an old WINS server to a new one?

I am in the process of upgrading a small NT shop (two servers, PDC and BDC) and five users (all static addresses) to Windows 2000. Currently, both servers have WINS installed and are push and pull partners. I will be installing a new BDC on the network to promote to PDC and then upgrade to Windows 2000. I will be installing DNS on the new DC at that time, but realize I still need WINS for backwards compatibility. I want to remove the old WINS server services totally from the two old servers and start over with a new WINS service on the new Win2k server. In what order should I perform the steps involved in wiping out the old WINS server services and setting up a brand new WINS service and database? I think I know what to do, I just don't know the correct order to do it in. Any help would be appreciated.
I would install WINS on the new Windows 2000 machine. Then, I would update all of the clients to point to the new WINS server. Then, I would remove WINS from the other servers.
This was first published in June 2003

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