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WINS: Windows Internet Name Service
Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) provides a distributed database for registering and querying dynamic NetBIOS names to IP address mapping in a routed network environment. WINS supports name resolution, the automated conversion of computer names to network addresses, for Windows networks. Specifically, WINS converts NetBIOS names to IP addresses on a LAN or WAN. WINS is to NetBIOS names as what Domain Name Service (DNS) is to domain names - a central mapping of host names to network addresses.