Chapter 5. The Datagram Service in Detail

If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it...

Let’s drill home this key concept one more time:

  • NBT provides a set of services which combine to create a virtual NetBIOS LAN over TCP/UPD/IP transport.

This would be a senseless thing to do except for the fact that lots of software uses (or used to use) the NetBIOS API. The whole point is to maintain the form and function of the API while completely replacing the guts and machinery which lie beneath. This point gets lost, however, when we deal with systems that are not derived from MS-DOS and have no use for NetBIOS itself. On these systems we work directly with the guts of NBT and, therefore, are easily confused by the odd behavior of the ...

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