NetBIOS names keep changing and workststions drop off the network.
Posted on 2006-05-05
Something odd has happened to the computer names on my office Domain, its seems that a few of the workstations keep dropping of the network for no apparent reason. The NIC’S, patch leads, switch etc are all OK . There are fifteen Win 2k workstations connected to a Windows 2003 SBS server, each workstation is named work01 through to work15. It seems that in a few instances, the full computer name e.g work01.hades.local which has a NetBIOS name of work01 is listed by the Look@Lan utility as work01.hades.local and has a NetBIOS name of work08. This can change the next time the workststion is booted to some other computer name.
Most workstations have the full computer name and NetBIOS names that match and others don’t. The odd workstation has the shortened or NetBIOS name where others have the full name and shortened.
If this makes sense, I would be most grateful for any assistance.