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Currently we have a freshly setup Windows Server 2008 server acting as DNS and AD,Print and File server.

I setup VPN and routing services and was able to successfully connect through VPN however I can't resolve any host using NETBios names. Only IP addresses. Sounds like I need to add a role for WINS but since this is a LIVE environment I'm a little hesitant about adding and removing additions to the box.

What would I need to do to resolve this issue?

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is a WINS role even an option for Win2k8? (honest question -- I don't have any win2k8 but I thought I'd heard it had gone away) – Chris_K Dec 10 '09 at 17:07
Yopu can install WINS on W2K8, but it's listed as a feature, not a role. – joeqwerty Dec 10 '09 at 17:40
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You are correct... in order to resolve NetBIOS, you would need to enable the WINS feature. However, I since WINS is on its way out, and you have Windows Server 2008, I would take a look at the new DNS GlobalNames Zones feature which allows you to resolve single-lable names while still using DNS.

Overview here: (it's the last section of the article)

In-depth discussion here:
- DNS Server GlobalNames Zone Deployment
- Deploying a GlobalNames Zone

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