nbtstat -S question

Posted on 2004-04-26
Last Modified: 2008-03-04
When I run the command "nbtstat -S" there is a * before one of the connections like shown below.
This is only on one of the connections. What does the * mean?

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by:Pete Long
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The IP address and port number of the remote computer to which the socket is connected. The name corresponding to the IP address is shown, instead of the number, if the HOSTS file contains an entry for the IP address. In cases where the port is not yet established, the port number is shown as an asterisk (*).
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That is for the "netstat" command, not for "nbtstat".
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The ugliest (and also the most common) solution is to place the NetBIOS name "*SMBSERVER" into the CALLED NAME field (encoded, of course). This special name was introduced with Windows NT4, and is now supported by Samba and several commercial implementations. It is accepted for Session Service connections to the SMB Server Service, no matter what NetBIOS name is actually registered. Note that "*SMBSERVER" starts with an asterisk, which makes it an illegal NetBIOS name. The "*SMBSERVER" name is never registered, and name queries for this name should always fail.
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