Chapter 4. The Name Service in Detail


This is gonna hurt me more than it does you.

 --Common lie

Think of the Name Service as a database system. The data may be stored in an NBNS server (P mode), distributed across all of the participating nodes in an IP subnet (B mode), or a combination of the two (M or H mode).

Name Service messages are the transactions that maintain and utilize the NBT name-to-IP-address mapping database. These transactions fall into three basic categories:

Name Registration/Refresh

  • The process by which an application adds and maintains a NetBIOS name to IP address mapping within an NBT scope.

Name Query

  • The process of resolving a NetBIOS name to an IP address.

Name Release

  • The process by which a NetBIOS name to IP address mapping ...

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