I am trying to troubleshoot a WINS browsing problem in a Server 2008 AD Forest. I am in one domain and the problem is with a sibling domain. What command can i use to dump or view the WINS database on a particular AD server by name, in a different domain than me? I thought one of the subcommands of net would have an option for this, but I can't find it. I also tried browstat.exe getblist but it gives me an error message "The list of servers for this workgroup is not currently available".

I am not a domain admin and don't have any rights to the either domain other than a normal user.

Anyone know how this can be done?

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Sorry to ask so stupid - but why are you still using WINS? Unless you did set it up - the standard approach is not to have a WINS database but to rely on active directory / DNS.

  • Welcome to my pain. We still have WINS because we still have a large population of non-domained Windows stations, as well as at least one completely independent AD forest out there. WINS is the only common resolution protocol that'll work in that environment.
    – sysadmin1138
    Apr 1, 2010 at 18:02
  • Sorry to hear that sysadmin1138, i'm in a similar situation. legacy application requires legacy protocol and now... bleh.
    – Segfault
    Apr 1, 2010 at 18:17
  • Ouch. Damn. Well ;)
    – TomTom
    Apr 2, 2010 at 5:37

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