Resolving NetBIOS Names
Posted on 2004-11-30
On a private lan of about 50 clients, each client is able to be referenced by their computer names (I think NetBIOS name is more technically correct). So at the command prompt I can run "ping fileserver" and it resolves the name fileserver to an address.
1. What service on the network is responsible for this?
I think it has to do with WINS and NetBIOS but I'd like some clarification. The reason I am asking is because there is one client on the network that it *doesn't* work for. If you type "ping client", it responds "Pinging client.domain.local [192.168.0.30] with 32 bytes of data:", then gives a series of timeouts (because nothing is at that ip). When I log onto that client's computer, the client has a completely different IP address. It's actually 192.168.0.45.
2. What could cause this to happen and how do I "update" the information?
The domain is a SBS2000 domain with mixed 2k/xp clients.