Using the LMHOSTS File to Find Computers and Services

Windows 2000 and Microsoft® Windows NT® versions 4.0 and 3.5x provide name resolution services for both NetBIOS computer names and Domain Name System (DNS) host names on TCP/IP networks. For information about name resolution through WINS, and LMHost files, see “Windows Internet Name Service” in this book. For information about name resolution through DNS, see “Windows 2000 DNS” in this book.

Using the LMHOSTS file is one method of name resolution for NetBIOS names in TCP/IP networks. Depending on the computer’s configuration, the following methods might also be used to resolve NetBIOS names on a TCP/IP network:

  • NetBIOS name cache

  • IP subnet broadcasts

  • WINS NetBIOS name server

  • DNS name resolution ...

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