I have spoken several times with Microsoft Technical support. Regardless of whether you are rolling out in a true 2000/XP client structure, Microsoft is now recommending that you have a WINS server, regardless, as many issues that come up on the network are resolved when this is in place. What are your thoughts on this?
A WINS server will provide name resolution for clients and/or applications that do not speak pure DNS. Microsoft established the WINS service in the first place to reduce broadcast NetBIOS traffic on older 9x & NT networks. Assuming that the server and clients are configured correctly, I see nothing wrong with including a WINS server in your network implementation, especially if it corrects any network issues that you may be having.
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