Methods for NetBIOS Name Resolution

On TCP/IP networks, the ultimate goal of NetBIOS name resolution is to provide an IP address for a given NetBIOS name.

NetBIOS names are single names up to 15 characters in length, such as Workstation1, HRServer, and CorpServer. NetBIOS does not allow for duplicate computer names on a network.

By the Way

Technically there are 16 characters in a NetBIOS name. However, the sixteenth character is used by the underlying application, and in general is not directly configurable by the user. These characters are discussed later in this hour.

NetBIOS names, like hostnames, are said to be in a flat namespace, because there is no hierarchy or capability to qualify the names. In the following sections, you will examine ...

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