17.9. Using the nbtstat Utility

Microsoft Windows uses an interface called Network Basic Input/Output System (NetBIOS), which relates names with workstations and is an upper-layer interface that requires a transport protocol—usually, TCP/IP. But IPv6 can be used as well. Deploying the nbtstat utility will achieve these three important things:

  • Track NetBIOS over TCP/IP statistics

  • Show the details of incoming and outgoing NetBIOS over TCP/IP connections

  • Resolve NetBIOS names

Understand that because NetBIOS name resolution is primarily a Windows network utility, the nbtstat command is available only in Windows-based operating systems.

To display a basic description of nbtstat and its associated options, type nbtstat at the command line. Then, use ...

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