SCCM WORKGROUP Clients (why use WINS) RRS feed

  • Question

  • Morning,

    Since we have implemented our DMZ solution for WORKGROUP clients (thanks again Jason), I have set it up two different ways based on the articles I have read. Most people seem to enable WINS and configure the lmhosts file. I did it that way first and it worked as expected.

    For kicks I thought about using DNS only so I left WINS alone (default setting with no lmhosts configuration). I configured the DNS hosts file for resolution and tested the install again (clearing all cache etc). It worked as expected also.

    2 question:

    I have yet to see an article referencing SCCM WORKGROUP clients configured with just DNS (all conversations I have found talk about using WINS/lmhosts). It seems like DNS should be the preferred approach, so what am I missing. Is there a reason to go WINS for WORKGROUP SCCM clients?

    Just curious... Do most SCCM Administrators add boundaries for WORKGROUP clients? By using the install syntax you assign the MP and if the client does not fall within a boundary it will use the fallback feature (during deployment phase). Any thoughts on this?

    As always thanks all for any information.


    • Edited by Blindf8th Thursday, September 22, 2016 2:18 PM
    Thursday, September 22, 2016 2:11 PM


  • I would never use WINS or lmhosts -- it's an old, archaic name resolution mechanism.

    I would also never use a hosts file except for testing or very special one-off cases.

    I also would never rely on fallback for DPs. Creating boundaries and boundary groups is a one-time activity that should always be if possible IMO. There's really no such thing as fallback for MPs though. If you have an MP in the DMZ for the DMZ systems, then yes, I would enable MP affinity and use that. If you just have an internal MP, then all clients will always use that, no affinity needed.

    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys

    • Proposed as answer by George Chengui Tuesday, October 11, 2016 2:11 AM
    • Marked as answer by Frank Dong Wednesday, October 12, 2016 1:36 AM
    Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:03 PM