Do I need netbios to access other XP machines?
Posted on 2006-06-24
I am often frustrated with the slow responsiveness when I am trying to browse the xp computers on my workgroup network (peer-to-peer). I believe this has to do with netbios; and sometimes, the machine that has been assigned 'master browser' status is not available, which I think then results in another substantial time lag before the remaining xp machines are polled and another 'master browser' is assigned (if I didn't get that right, someone please correct me).
Anyway, I seem to remember from a couple years ago that if I had all xp machines, that I was no longer dependent upon netbios. What are my options for xp machines sharing resources in a WORKGROUP by using what is available in the XP OS (i.e. without adding a server or other software/ hardware)? I am only interested in alternatives that will be better than my current reliance upon netbios.