After listening to a very funny argument
between two script kiddies
who had no idea how WINS
worked, I thought I'd node it.
+ Resolves NetBIOS names + Resolves host names to
to IP addresses. IP addresses
+ Only translates the + Can do a reverse lookup
NetBIOS name to the IP (IP address to host name)
+ Registers client names + Must be manually configured
and IP addresses with the static names and
automatically as they IP addresses.
+ Keeps all names in one + Keeps names in fully qualified
large flat name space domain name hierarchical
and only shares them structures that are recognized
with pre-configured and registered throughout the
replication partners. Internet.
+ Used primarily for + Used primarily on the Internet
Microsoft clients on and on intranets using TCP/IP
Microsoft networks. addressing/hosts.
+ Lets each client + Admins can create different
register their name aliases for the same host.
+ Facilitates domain
related functions like
browsing and logging
on to domains.
DNS is used mostly for static IP addresses and resources that do not change, such as servers and gateways. DNS should not be used for a DHCP
system because the IP addresses can change hourly. When you register a domain and have it hosted, it can take 2-3 days for the new IP address to get distributed to all the DNS servers. You can always just type in the IP address to get to your domain, but the domain name associated with it takes time get updated.