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  • NetBIOS vs DNS !?

    hi all
    can someone please clarify this with me !?
    I understand the DNS, Name-to-IP resolving !

    but when I read NetBIOS I get confused because it seems it does too.

    do we have to use NetBIOS if DNS is exist !?


  • #2
    Re: NetBIOS vs DNS !?

    If you mean do you need a WINS server for NetBIOS name resolution, definitely no.

    Normally NetBIOS lurks in the background as a fallback for local name resolution should DNS be down, so on the client side, leave it alone.
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: NetBIOS vs DNS !?

      Hi, to add to what has already been said, some applications still require netbios to work. It's mostly a legacy protocol been phazed out, but still enabled by default in the wins tab of the network card properties.
      When you type a command like 'net use' it will use netbios to find the server name.
      A newer protocol called llmnr is trying to replace it.
      Dns can go out to the internet but netbios is on the local lan segment.

      Just my 2 cents.
      Last edited by uk_network; 13th May 2014, 23:02.
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